Army Art is a fundraising and community arts engagement initiative. Proceeds raised from Army Art exhibitions and events are donated to Australian not for profits working to support current and former Australian Defence Force members and their families.
A 100% volunteer run organisation, it has a rich history of support, with a sense of community and giving that is intrinsically tied in the past to the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) and today to the entire Australian Defence family. The majority of organising committee members have a direct link to the Australian Defence Force.
Our first exhibition in 1974 was held at Campbell Barracks in Swanbourne. The event organisers at that time, the SASR Auxiliary, could not have known that they were starting something that would become one of Perth’s leading fundraising art events, and the only such event in Western Australia linking the arts and defence.
In 2006 Army Art relocated to the historic Drill Hall at Leeuwin Barracks in East Fremantle. Established by the Royal Australian Navy as the naval depot for Fremantle, the base was decommissioned from naval service in 1986 before being reopened by the Army in 1987, and continues to be used as the venue for Army Art's premier event the annual fine art exhibition. Every year the support and hard work of the staff and defence personnel from the Barracks contributes enormously to the smooth running of the event.
Army Art has been supported by numerous respected ambassadors over the years. The Honourable Graham Edwards AM, veteran, advocate and previous member of both state and federal parliaments, and veteran artist and illustrator Ian Coate have provided support and encouragement towards our aims for a number of years.
2018 saw the appointment of an official Patron. The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, the 33rd Governor of Western Australia, will provide patronage for the duration of his tenure. Mr Beazley previously served as the Australian Minister for Defence, the leader of the Federal Opposition, and was the Australian Ambassador to the United States of America.
We welcomed ambassadors, Senator Linda Reynolds CSC, who served for 29 years with the Australian Army Reserve, and the Honourable Peter Tinley AM MLA who spent 17 of his 25 years with the Australian Army serving with the SASR.
2020 is delivering interesting times and due to the current restrictions we are unable to present an exhibition this year. This does not however mean our volunteers have time off! We are using this time to review and improve process and we look forward to seeing you all in the historic Drill Hall at Leeuwin Barracks in East Fremantle for a bumper 2021 event.