Sappers and Shrapnel

RSL staff have toured the new exhibition Sappers & Shrapnel: Contemporary Art and the Art of the Trenches at the Art Gallery of South Australia.  Sappers & Shrapnel is a contemporary art project inspired by the little-known and undervalued art form known as trench art.  This term describes the objects made from the waste of warfare – objects crafted by soldiers, civilians and prisoners of war. Whether intended as trophies of war, souvenirs for those at home, or talismans for the battle ahead, trench art is an expression of our need to make art.  The exhibition continues until January 29.

RSL staff were joined at the exhibition by John Blines, a veteran who participated in the RSL SA Art Exhibition last year.  John is now running weekly art workshops for veterans at the Torrens Parade Ground, Memorial Hall on Wednesday nights.  You can register for the workshops by contacting Corey at