Skip to comments.No room for war art in defence budget, artist told
Posted on 08/27/2009 8:27:00 PM PDT by Clive
OTTAWA -- Ottawa artist Karen Bailey says the Defence Department is giving the cold shoulder to her attempts, in paintings and a book, to honour the work of Canadian medical personnel serving in a military hospital in Afghanistan.
"They're just not interested," Ms. Bailey says of the Canadian Forces leadership. The issue does not appear to be the quality or content of Ms. Bailey's paintings showing Canadian military doctors, nurses and others working in the Kandahar hospital called Role 3, but the very attempt by Ms. Bailey to single out the medical crew for praise and recognition in a planned book about her paintings.
An email recently sent to Ms. Bailey from a senior military officer, purportedly quoting the views of Brig-Gen. Hilary Jaeger, the outgoing surgeon general and senior Canadian Forces medical officer, says headquarters does not see the work of the medical personnel in Afghanistan as "extraordinary" and consequently "efforts to showcase or immortalize the efforts of personnel in Afghanistan will likely not resonate with the CF leadership."
Canada's seven-year-old dominant position at Role 3 ends next month. Then the Americans take over. Ms. Bailey thinks Canada's efforts at the hospital should be recognized. She has, therefore, decided to mount an exhibition of her paintings from Sept. 28 to Oct. 9 to mark the end of Canada's leading role at the hospital.
The exhibition is called Triage. That is also the name of a book Ms. Bailey hopes to produce next year. The book would include reproductions of her paintings and personal comments from some of the medical personnel in the paintings.
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The Canadians “can’t” even afford helicopters for their troops. Not sure how they are supposed to afford paintings.
Has she thought of selling them herself.
Canada also has 15 new CH-147F Chinooks on order.
Also on order, from Sikorsky, are 28 CH-148 Cyclones to replace the aged Sea Kings together with a contract to modify the chopper pads on the frigates to handle the new machines.
See the part of the article that I had to clip because of the 300 word limit for posting of National Post articles.
IMO It would be nice if she could hang on to them for a couple of decades. She could then have the War Museum begging for them and could set her own price.
Canada is not yet ready to see the Kandahar job as historical and special.
IMO Many Canadian and allied soldiers and Afghan men, women and children have reason to be grateful for the work of the Kandahar Role 3 hospital.
Very shortsighted by the Canadian Armed Forces, in my view.
War art is a longstanding tradition whenever Canada goes to war. It is a shame that this time should be any different.
She does good work: she ought to hang onto her paintings. They will appreciate in value and the government’s tune will no doubt change. Only it will be much more expensive later.