The Shrine of Remembrance is host to the Morning Star tapestry in a once-off display to Australian audiences.
Following its display at the Shrine the acclaimed tapestry will be permanently relocated to the Sir John Monash Centre (SJMC), due to open in Villers-Bretonneux, France, in April 2018. The SJMC’s purpose will be to give visitors better understanding of the experiences of ordinary Australians on the Western Front during the First World War told in their own words through personal correspondence and images, providing a connection between the people who served and the place many of them fought and died.
On display until 25 February, the tapestry was officially launched at the Shrine by Senator Jane Hume. John Ridley, Chairman of the Australian Tapestry Workshop Board also spoke at the ceremony.
The tapestry, woven at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, took a team of weavers 4000 hours to complete. Measuring 2.5 x 5 metres and designed by prominent Australian artists Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, the tapestry provides a lasting legacy commemorating the 46,000 Australian lives lost in the battles of the Western Front in the First World War and the Centenary of Anzac. In Morning Star the artists poignantly explore the association between the places Australians fought and the imagined scenes of home that those who served during the period carried with them.
The tapestry has been made possible with the generous support of: Tapestry Foundation of Australia, Australian Hotels Association, ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, Marjorie M Kingston Charitable Trust, Calvert-Jones Family, Anne and Mark Robertson OAM, Baillieu Myer AC and Sarah Myer, Yulgilbar Foundation, Chasam Foundation and The Myer Foundation.
The Shrine is open from 10am with last entry at 4.30pm. Entry is free.