Ben Quilty art exhibition promo video

Ben Quilty is one of Australia’s most talented and respected young artists of his generation. In 2011 Ben travelled to Afghanistan as the Australian War Memorial’s official war artist. This exhibition features new work made from this experience and the close relationship he formed with his subjects.

Having met Ben through our mutual desire to help The Bali Nine get off death row, I was only too happy to film the Launch of his new exhibiton.

Exhibition photo gallery

EXHIBITION: Ben Quilty After Afghanistan
National Art School Sydney until 13 April then touring nationally to 8 venues over 2 years.
21 February -13 April 2013

More information at and
Tour Dates
National Art School Darlinghurst NSW until 13 April 2013
Cairns Regional Gallery Cairns QLD 26 April 2013
Tweed River Art Gallery Murwillumbah NSW 23 June 2013
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Katoomba NSW 12 October 2013
Western Plains Cultural Centre Dubbo NSW 2 February 2014
Griffith University Art Gallery Brisbane QLD 12 April 2014
Flinders University City Gallery Adelaide SA 27 September 2014
Australian War Memorial Special Exhibitions Gallery Canberra ACT 12 December 2014

Ben Quilty: Oh my God Nick. You just made me cry. That is one powerful and beautiful piece of film making. I am speechless

Dear Nick, it’s very impressive. Thank you very much for making this video and for sharing it with us.
Katie Dyer, Curator and Gallery Manager, National Art School

Thanks for this – it’s amazing! So great that you could capture such a special night for us all – especially Ben!
Danielle Neely, National Art School.

Sophia Stacey Bought tears to my eyes. Beautiful work.
Deahne Bowhay Thank you x. Very moving…shot straight from the heart and what beautiful work Ben
Michael Daly Gee, that’s good. How eloquently both the fimmaker and John Oddie express themselves. Great show by the way. As we left, my 4 year old said “it’s very thick”. Took us a while to click that he was referring to the paint.
Graham Murgatroyd Wonderful short video, will see them over Easter.
Robert Rosenberg Awesome, really well painted, filmed, edited and spoken. Loved it.
Bill Woods Very moving
Michelle Henry Beautifully filmed and with very profound words. Can’t wait to see the work when they come to Brisbane next year.

Written, produced and directed by Nick Bolton (
Filmed, edited and graded by Jonathan Adams
Soundtrack credit via iStockPhoto ‘Piano Harp Violin Instrumental of Rain’ by Audio Outlet
Shot on location at the exhibition launch at the National Art School gallery, Paddington, Sydney NSW 2012
Wednesday 20th February 2012
Filmed on the Canon C300.
Thanks to Madeleine Hetherton, Rebecca Barry and Ester Harding at for the camera and support.

The Art of War Panel Discussion

One Response to Ben Quilty art exhibition promo video

  1. Pingback: Australian Story – On the warpath – Ben Quilty | Nick Bolton

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