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Your Friend the Enemy-Artists Tour to Gallipoli

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In April this year a group of esteemed New Zealand and Australian artists, filmmakers and historians will travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula to make work towards the exhibition entitled 'Your Friend the Enemy'.

This World War 1 commemorative exhibition will tour New Zealand and Australia from 2015 onwards.

Prominent New Zealand artists Stanley Palmer, Michael Shepherd and John Walsh have been invited to participate in the tour based on the calibre of their work and their special connection to Gallipoli.

With the 2015 centenary of the Gallipoli campaign this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to support New Zealand Art on a national and international level and participate in the telling of the ANZAC story.

UPDATES

  • Your Friend the Enemy- opening today at Pataka Art + Museum

    22 MONTHS AGO

    Finally after 2 years of planning YFTE opens today at 2pm at Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua.

    Hope to see you there. The exhibition runs until February so plenty of time to check out over the Summer. Fiona x

    Your Friend the Enemy- opening today at Pataka Art + Museum
  • Your Friend the Enemy blog

    37 MONTHS AGO

    Since their return from Turkey the artists have been heads down in the studio making new work towards the two exhibitions opening in Australia in April 2015. One of these shows will then travel onwards to NZ venues-watch this space!

    The blog is now live on the Artist Profile website-check it out here...

    http://www.artistprofile.com.au/category/your-friend-the-enemy/

    Fiona X

    Your Friend the Enemy blog
  • Stanley Palmer Talk

    39 MONTHS AGO

    Artist Stanley Palmer will give a talk about his personal relationship to Gallipoli and the tour to Turkey for Eden Arts this Friday 27th June at 7.30pm.

    See attached flyer for details and bookings.

    See you there!

    Fiona X

    Stanley Palmer Talk
  • ANZAC DAY 2014-SYD-IST

    41 MONTHS AGO

    Well the day has finally arrived for the NZ and Australian artists to travel to Turkey to tour and produce work on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Tonight Stanley Palmer, Michael Shepherd and John Walsh depart Sydney en route to Istanbul.

    Again our heartfelt thanks for the generosity that has made this significant project possible. 

    During the trip we will keep you updated on progress through the project blog-details to come.

    To Stanley Palmer, Michael Shepherd and John Walsh, safe travels-we look forward to seeing the work produced during and after your time away.

     

    Fiona x

    ANZAC DAY 2014-SYD-IST
  • A treat for the Film Crew

    41 MONTHS AGO

    Well just over 3 weeks until the artists depart for Turkey and preparations are being finalised-it is shaping up to be an extraordinary experience!

    As a thank you to the fabulous film crew at 8com the artists and I treated them to a delicious morning tea from little and friday-looked amazing...

    Fiona X

    A treat for the Film Crew
  • Still smiling!

    42 MONTHS AGO

    Well it's been a few days since our target was reached(and exceeded thanks to Stuart McKenzie,Jenny Lea,Howard Taylor and Catherine Lomas) and I can honestly say I have had a VERY relaxed and smiley weekend. The artists are over the moon and tickets and accommodation are now booked! Give yourselves a pat on the back because YOU are the fabulous people that made this happen! Turkey here they come....

    Fiona X

  • 100% INCREDIBLE

    42 MONTHS AGO

    100% and full marks go to all of you wonderful donors for making this happen! Thanks to our latest donors David Woodings,Lisa Wilkie,Melanie Tahata and Bath St Gallery-superb!

    We have been overwhelmed with the wonderful support and encouragement for this project and it is a real testimony to the fine calibre of the wonderful artists involved and the significant nature of this endeavour.

    A special thanks to Robert Linnegar of King Street Gallery who encouraged us to come on board and get New Zealand artists involved in the project. It is Robert's vision and tenacity that is behind this wonderful journey http://kingstreetgallery.com.au/

    From Stanley Palmer,Michael Shepherd and John Walsh their heartfelt thanks-your generosity and support has enabled them to undertake a journey that will have a significant influence on their work and lives.

    Thank you doesn't even begin to express our gratitude-my heart is full

    Fiona X 

  • Almost there! 95%

    42 MONTHS AGO

    Overwhelmed with the generosity today from so many donors. A massive thanks to Greg Wallace,Jan Wright,Howard Taylor,Andrea Brigden,Caroline Hutchinson,Roger Steele,Kathy McRae,Jane Davidson-Ladd,Jenny Lea and a substantial donation from Art + Object!

    Whew! my apologies if I missed anyone out. You are all amazing and have done a great thing supporting this project that has been my passion for the last few months! You all have played a special part in making this happen and the artists are so grateful for your support X

     

  • 90% and rising!

    42 MONTHS AGO

    What a wonderful sight! Up to 90% thanks to an INCREDIBLE contribution by an anonymous donor. Huge thanks also to Clive Kelly and Jane Heybroek.

    OUTSTANDING,AMAZING! The artists and I are SO grateful.

    Help to get us over the line by sharing and encouraging others to donate this last little bit! X

  • Slow and steady wins the race!

    42 MONTHS AGO

    Exciting day with confirmation of a VERY large donation coming in by tomorrow morning-this will take us up to about 90% Please help us in this last push to get our other 10%. Please share and encourage others to donate whatever they can. If you can manage a bit more that would be fabulous also!

    Thanks so much to our new donors Angela Bushby,Emma Fox and a VERY generous donation from John Gow. You guys are OUTSTANDING!

    Feeling the love :-)

  • 5 Days to go!

    42 MONTHS AGO

    Only 5 days to go to make this happen! Thank you for all of your generous donations so far-thanks to new donors Sally Ma and Donald Woolford and Anonymous! Please spend a few minutes to share this campaign through Facebook or email and encourage friends to contribute-remember all donations are tax deductible and they make you feel great! X Here's a nice image of Stanley Palmer in his studio...

    5 Days to go!
  • Share the love

    42 MONTHS AGO

    Thanks to all of our wonderful new donors including Nidhish Bhandari,Evan Woodruffe,Sarah Franich and anonymous! We are almost at 40% with 8 days to go. By sharing this campaign and encouarging 1 or 2 people to match your donation we will be at our target in no time!Thanks again-you are all OUTSTANDING! Now for a poignant reflection from John Walsh.....

    As a post WW2 kid growing up in Tolaga Bay, a village of 1000 people on the
    East Coast of New Zealand's North Island, war took up a lot of our
    imaginings. Mostly fantasy through comics and war games - Achtung! Tat tat
    tat. You're dead - no you are. Tolaga had an open refuge tip down by the
    river mouth, filling in the remains of the huge swamp the town was built on.
    An unbelievably stupid engineering decision but it was an irresistible
    hunting ground. One day I came across someone's clean out, a pile of old
    cloths, papers and odds and ends. Amongst it I found two well worn notebook
    sized drawing books that were full of the most amazing drawings I had seen.
    I was 11 - 12 and a good drawer but for the first time I was holding art
    magic. These were field drawings of operations this soldier had been
    involved in, very personal accounts of actions, details of machinery, enemy
    tanks, planes. Little explanatory notes here and there. Wounded friends,
    prisoners... This was beyond comics. I took them home like a thief and
    poured over them. They were my benchmark for many years, this work of a
    soldier who in this small town I probably knew. He had died young, his
    memories and talent discarded to the tip by a family who for whatever
    reasons couldn't treasure it, to leach into the bay with all our foulness. I
    was inspired and haunted by this guy and was devastated when I discovered my
    family had discarded them in one of their clean ups

    I took more interest in ANZAC day when my dad transformed from his Jack of
    all trades persona to this tall, elegant and considered dark suited gent
    bejewelled with layers heavy medals and colourful ribbons. We kids would tag
    along to the Dawn Ceremony, starting at the RSA rooms where perhaps 50
    veterans from both wars assembled. We knew them all and were transfixed as
    they shuffled solemnly to order then marched to the memorial gated at the
    entrance to the golf course. We were put in the same space by Malcolm
    Gibson's bugling of the Last Post and as formalities mumbled along I would
    read over the names of the fallen engraved on the pillars of the gates. The
    many branches of family and friends

    Many years later Louise and I spent a couple of days at Gallipoli and at the
    end of the tour we were able to dive over ANZAC cove. The airy remains of
    landing craft, tanks and unbelievable slaughter came to life. We gathered a
    few cartridges, some still with the cordite charge still in them. I
    eventually took them home and presented them to my father. He picked one up
    and briefly turned it in his fingers then put it down looked outside and
    said something about his garden. A very sobering bit of non communication.
    How could our poncing around the world hope to connect with his experience.
    He never had much to say about it. There was a void as big as the tip and
    the engineering disaster that created it that neither of us could bridge.

    Now, living in Wellington, one of my favourite dog walks is to the Ataturk
    Memorial above the harbour entrance where every time I am compelled to read
    Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's speech engraved there. It is read every ANZAC day at
    the National War Memorial by the Turkish Ambassador. It reads:
    Those heroes who shed their blood and lost their lives, you are now lying in
    the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no
    difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by
    sidein this country of ours. You, the mothers who sent their sons from far
    away countries wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in our bosoms
    and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they become our
    sons as well.
    Gets me every time

      

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  • Up to 38%!!!

    43 MONTHS AGO

    When you're running a crowdfunding campaign the definition of joy is refreshing your screen and seeing the campaign hitting 38%. Thanks Page Blackie Gallery for your VERY generous donation. Another great week with donations from Chrissy Hill,Hannah Sullivan, Marj Sullivan(thanks Mum). Also, I left off Paul Nache Gallery from my thanks last week-so here it is now! 38% and climbing....wonderful!

    Thanks on behalf of Stanley Palmer,Michael Shepherd and John Walsh X

     

  • Your Friend the Enemy-An incredible first week!

    43 MONTHS AGO

    What a fabulous week with so many generous donors. Great to see the support and interest in this project! Thanks first of all to the fabulous team at 8com http://8com.com.au/ in particular Josh Frizzell,Lucy Pilkington and filmaker Michael Humphrey for putting together the beautiful little film with Stanley Palmer for this campaign.

    A huge thanks to all of the wonderful donors this week-Mike Blanchard,Matt Palmer, Tracey Sullivan,Kim Willems,The Real Art Roadshow Trust, Melanie Roger Gallery,Melissa Jenner, Vicki Jackways,Mark Michel, Shaun Madgwick, Michael Dodds, Aloma Parker, Aimee McCammon ,Bridget Spencer,Chris Parkin and a very generous anonymous donor-you certainly made my day!

    Two large donations yesterday took us from 7% to 17% in just over an hour-a big personal thank you from me-you know who you are!

    Lets keep this going by spreading the word and encouraging others to follow your lead and donate.

    Have a great weekend! Fiona x

    Your Friend the Enemy-An incredible first week!
  • Your Friend the Enemy-An incredible first week!

    43 MONTHS AGO

    What a fabulous week with so many generous donors. Great to see the support and interest in this project! Thanks first of all to the fabulous team at 8com http://8com.com.au/ in particular Josh Frizzell,Lucy Pilkington and filmaker Michael Humphrey for putting together the beautiful little film with Stanley Palmer for this campaign.

    A huge thanks to all of the wonderful donors this week-Mike Blanchard,Matt Palmer, Tracey Sullivan,Kim Willems,The Real Art Roadshow Trust, Melanie Roger Gallery,Melissa Jenner, Vicki Jackways,Mark Michel, Shaun Madgwick, Michael Dodds, Aloma Parker, Aimee McCammon ,Bridget Spencer,Chris Parkin and a very generous anonymous donor-you certainly made my day!

    Two large donations yesterday took us from 7% to 17% in just over an hour-a big personal thank you from me-you know who you are!

    Lets keep this going by spreading the word and encouraging others to follow your lead and donate.

    Have a great weekend! Fiona x

    Your Friend the Enemy-An incredible first week!

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