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No room for war art in defence budget, artist told
Canwest News Service via National Post ^ | 2009-08-27 | Paul Gessell

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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TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror

1 posted on 08/27/2009 8:27:00 PM PDT by Clive
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2 posted on 08/27/2009 8:27:30 PM PDT by Clive
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The Canadians “can’t” even afford helicopters for their troops. Not sure how they are supposed to afford paintings.

3 posted on 08/27/2009 8:32:29 PM PDT by squidly
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Photo:Bruno Schlumberger, Art: Karen Bailey
Canwest News Service
A section of 'Morning Rounds 2.'
Artist Karen Bailey was in Afghanistan and painted the
medical corps doctors and nurses in their efforts to heal
not only the troops but also Afghans.
4 posted on 08/27/2009 8:35:46 PM PDT by Clive
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Has she thought of selling them herself.

5 posted on 08/27/2009 8:39:35 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Barack Obama is a political suicide bomber and the Rats are political arsonists.)
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To: squidly
Canada has CH-147D Cinooks, purchased from the US Army, now in Afghanistan. Also deployed as escorts are CH-146 Griffons.

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.

6 posted on 08/27/2009 8:54:49 PM PDT by Clive
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HiTech RedNeck wrote:
"Has she thought of selling them herself."

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.

7 posted on 08/27/2009 9:03:49 PM PDT by Clive
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8 posted on 08/28/2009 4:47:01 AM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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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.

9 posted on 08/28/2009 5:00:46 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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