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Touring exhibition - The Art of the Possible: Creating an independent Australian foreign policy

With support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) the JCPML marked the 60th anniversary in 2005 of the death of Prime Minister John Curtin with this touring exhibition.

Cover of exhibition booklet

About the touring exhibition

The touring exhibition focuses on Australian foreign policy between 1935 and 1950, being based on the JCPML’s current major exhibition of the same name. Three 30 cm high bronze figurines depicting John Curtin during his prime ministership form the centrepiece of the exhibition. The figures capture John Curtin in three typical poses – giving a public speech; reading over his notes; and in a relaxed stance, at the end of a hard day.  The bronzes were commissioned by the JCPML in 2003 and completed in 2004 by Canberra-based sculptor Peter Latona. 

2005/2006 touring program

  • March to April 2005 - Washington - Australian Embassy and Georgetown University
  • July 2005 - Old Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
  • August to September 2005 - National Archives of Australia, Canberra, ACT
  • October to November 2005 - Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
  • January 2006 - Creswick Town Hall, Creswick, Victoria
  • March to April 2006 - Villa Alba Museum, Kew, Victoria
  • May to August 2006 - MacArthur Museum, Brisbane, Queensland

Exhibition team:

Curator:
Lesley Carman-Brown, John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library
Designer:

John Davies, Insight Communication and Design
Project Management:
Kandy-Jane Henderson, John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library
Curatorial advisor:

Professor David Black, JCPML Historical Consultant
Curatorial and research assistance:

Heather Campbell, researcher
Lesley Wallace and David Wylie, John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library
Graphic design:

Carolyn Selfe, Insight Communication and Design
Educational activities:

Rosslyn Marshall, John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library

With thanks to:

John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library donors
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade which provided the working papers of Documents on Australian Foreign Policy 1937-1949.
ACP Publishing
Australian War Memorial
Frith family
H A & C Glad
Imperial War Museum
Justice Nicholas Hasluck
MacArthur Memorial Library & Archives
Menzies Virtual Museum
Brian Pope
National Archives of Australia
National Library of Australia
United Nations Library
West Australian News Ltd

Sponsors

The Art of the Possible: Creating an independent Australia foreign policy was developed by the JCPML, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA and is supported by the Australian Government through the Images of Australia Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Australian Government
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade