POWERFUL PIECE: Veterans Ross Olsson, Barry Krosch and Joe van Mastrigt at the opening night of the Recovering the Past exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery on November 7. (Photo: Jessica McGrath/ South Burnett Times)
POWERFUL PIECE: Veterans Ross Olsson, Barry Krosch and Joe van Mastrigt at the opening night of the Recovering the Past exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery on November 7. (Photo: Jessica McGrath/ South Burnett Times)

‘Powerful exhibition’ recovers war-torn past

SEE the powerful shots depicting the realities of war in one of the most challenging exhibitions to come to the South Burnett.

Recovering the Past shares artist Ian Alderman’s photographs in the 25-piece exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery.

The poignant juxtapose of the war-time and modern-day photos creates a powerful artwork.

The realities, horrors and heartaches of war and combined with the environmental impact and clean-ups of unexploded ammunition still going on in the 21st Century.

Gary Chadwick, Catherine and Bruce Woodham at the opening night of the Recovering the Past exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery on November 7. (Photo: Jessica McGrath/ South Burnett Times)
Gary Chadwick, Catherine and Bruce Woodham at the opening night of the Recovering the Past exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery on November 7. (Photo: Jessica McGrath/ South Burnett Times)

Art gallery member Catherine Woodham said Kingaroy was lucky to host the International exhibition, which was officially opened on November 7, ahead of Remembrance Day.

“It’s one of the more powerful exhibitions in the region,” she said.

The exhibition from London comes with a resource kit for schools and families to learn about the war history while viewing the artworks.

“There’s lots of things to explore while they are here from military history, service, conflict, grief and the stories with the photos,” Mrs Woodham said.

June Olsson with the Kingaroy Photographic Club's Wendy Turner at the opening night of the Recovering the Past exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery on November 7. (Photo: Jessica McGrath/ South Burnett Times)
June Olsson with the Kingaroy Photographic Club's Wendy Turner at the opening night of the Recovering the Past exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery on November 7. (Photo: Jessica McGrath/ South Burnett Times)

The artworks also explore the huge impact the world wars had and the ongoing environmental consequences.

“Take a moment to stand at the photographs and imagine yourself as the people in the shot, it changes your perspective,” she said.

The exhibition poses the challenge to put yourself in the shoes of the soldiers, engineers and bomb experts.

It is exhibitions and artworks like these which bring the realities of the world wars to the forefront of history lessons, especially as we commemorate the 101st anniversary of Armistice Day… Lest We Forget.

Joe van Mastrigt, Ros Smith and Sandra van Mastrigt at the opening night of the Recovering the Past exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery on November 7. (Photo: Jessica McGrath/ South Burnett Times)
Joe van Mastrigt, Ros Smith and Sandra van Mastrigt at the opening night of the Recovering the Past exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery on November 7. (Photo: Jessica McGrath/ South Burnett Times)

Kingaroy RSL Sub-branch member Ross Olsson said they were pleased to sponsor the Recovering the Past exhibition.

Fellow veteran Barry Krosch shared with the opening night attendees about how the WWI bombs worked, with the bomb shells a centrepiece in many of the artworks.

“I was very moved by some of the photos,” he said.

“I can really relate to some of the things here.”

Robert Westley and Danita Potter at the opening night of the Recovering the Past exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery on November 7. (Photo: Jessica McGrath/ South Burnett Times)
Robert Westley and Danita Potter at the opening night of the Recovering the Past exhibition at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery on November 7. (Photo: Jessica McGrath/ South Burnett Times)

The exhibition was also sponsored by the Kingaroy Photographic Club and Elders Insurance.

Recovering the Past will be at the Kingaroy Regional Art Gallery during November.

The Kingaroy gallery is open from 10am to 4pm on weekdays and 9am to 1pm on weekends.