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Changed forever: Legacies of conflict

This touring exhibition presents stories of migrants from war-torn countries and recent veterans of overseas service, reflecting the range and depth of experiences in conflict and life post war.

A touring exhibition: 11 September 2019 – 4 December 2023

In 'Changed Forever', stories of migrants who have resettled in Australia from war-torn countries are presented beside those of recent veterans of overseas service in the Australian Defence Force. This moving exhibition explores the impacts of global and civil conflict in changing lives and shaping contemporary Australia.

All have been redefined by the emotional and physical dislocation of war, and seek to reconcile this with their new lives.

Enhanced with art, objects, photographs, audio visuals and interactives, their personal stories reflect the range and depth of experiences in conflict and life post-war.

Tour dates and venues

Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne September – October 2019 
Hume Global Learning Centre - Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, Craigieburn 24 October – 1 December 2019 
Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo7 February – 22 March 2020 
Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne 16 December – 20 January 2021 
Walker St Gallery, Dandenong4 February – 13 March 2021 
CUBE 37 Gallery, Frankston1 April -  8 May 2021 
Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough14 May – 11 July 2021 
Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Swan Hill1 April – 15 May 2022
Memorial Hall, Pyramid Hill20 May – 26 June 2022
Charlton Shire Hall, Charlton4 July – 26 July 2022
Sea Lake 5 August – 4 September 2022
Colac Otway Performing Arts Centre 14 September – 18 October 2022
Longwood Community Centre, Longwood 28 October – 27 November 2022
Portland Drill Hall, Portland 15 December 2022 – 15 January 2023
Bairnsdale, The Forge Theatre1 February – 25 March 2023
Tongala Shire Hall, Tongala13 April – 20 May 2023 
Marysville Information and Regional Artspace, Marysville14 July – 22 August 2023
Coal Creek, Korumburra31 August – 4 December 2023 

Hear from some of the storytellers 

Changed Forever: Legacies of Conflict tells the personal experiences of conflict from the perspective of veterans, migrants and their families. View some of these stories in the short film below. 

Discover a selection of artworks from the exhibition

Changed Forever is different from previous Shrine touring exhibitions; it includes original artworks by those impacted by experiences of conflict.


Supported by the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council.