SPIRIT OF ANZAC

Every year the Gallipoli Memorial Club hold a prestigious art prize which honours the ANZAC Spirit.

The annual Gallipoli Art Prize is held in Sydney for the last 13 years and Merrylands RSL Club is privileged to showcase the winners from 2006 to 2018.

The Gallipoli Art Prize is awarded to the artist who best depicts the spirit of the Gallipoli Campaign as expressed in the Club’s “Creed”.

“We believe that within the community there exists an obligation for all to preserve the special qualities of loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship which were personified by the heroes of the Gallipoli Campaign and bequeathed to all humanity as a foundation for perpetual peace and universal freedom.”

The concept of conducting art prize competitions in both Australia and Turkey to commemorate the legacy of those heroes who fought on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915 was conceived in 2004 and developed during 2004-2005.

The first official announcement of this project was made on 15 April 2005 by the then Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable John Howard MP, of the intention to conduct the art prize competitions in Australia and Turkey.

The project has achieved over a decade of successful competition due to the wonderful support from:

Artists in Australia, New Zealand and Turkey; and Governments and Communities in Australia and Turkey.