Exhibition of War Artists Work in Australia and New Zealand
This file concerns several exhibitions sent to Australia and New Zealand, but primarily two: a selection of war pictures which was sent out in late 1941, and a selection of Anthony Gross's Indian drawings, India in Action', which was sent out in Spring 1944.
The former exhibition evolved from a show planned for Canada, but abandoned because of the large loan exhibition travelling on from MoMA, New York, to Canada. The show was sent out to New Zealand in late 1941, arriving early 1942, but because of danger from the Japanese fleet, it was not sent on to Australia. It showed in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland from February to May 1942, and it was felt safe to send it on to Australia by early 1943. The file includes some press reviews of the show. There are lists of works and texts for the foreword, by the Minister of Information, Brendan Bracken, and the introduction to the catalogue, by H V Morton.
The Gross show was proposed for Australia for propaganda purposes in relation to actions in Burma. Although it was reserved for North America in Spring 1945, it was agreed that it might go to Australia, which it did in May 1944.
There are also papers regarding the return of these exhibitions after the war.
The file includes general discussion about propaganda in these regions. Donald Anderson, of the Empire Division of the MoI, was particularly influential in proposing and arranging activities. After the end of the war in Europe, he chased up information about War Artists in the Far East so that he could pass this on to Australia and New Zealand for propaganda purposes.