Committee Spotlight: 44 and Still Going Strong!

~ Michelle Saleeba

Army Art is Perth's longest running charity art exhibition, started in 1974 by then President of the Special Air Service Regiment's (SASR) Auxiliary, Maureen Smethurst. The focus on providing a platform for emerging artists to exhibit their art work hasn't wavered and neither has Army Art's core value of serving the community by raising money for charities to assist those in need.

Army Art maintains it's focus on supporting Defence charities but it has expanded over the years to provide a substantial amount in donations to a wide range of not for profits in Western Australia. This year we proudly support Tiny Sparks WA and Working Spirit, both organisations started by passionate individuals committed to ensuring positive change in our community, and which like Army Art are 100% volunteer run.

For 44 years numerous people have volunteered their time and energy to growing the vision of Maureen and the group of ladies who got it all started in 1974. As we continue in their wake we'd like to pay tribute to Maureen and to all the volunteers whose inspiration and dedication have made the Army Art fine art exhibition so successful.

Army Art volunteer committee members at exhibition enjoying displayed artwork