Te Papa is combining the worlds of movies, model-making, and museums to take visitors on a journey back to Gallipoli.
The Gallipoli – The scale of our war exhibition brings together the creative artisans of Weta Workshop with the curatorial research and expertise of the national museum. On April 18 the top secret creative approach will be revealed, bringing to life the story of Gallipoli for a new generation.
Weta Workshop’s founder and exhibition creative director, Sir Richard Taylor, says the main concept for the exhibition is deliberately being kept under wraps. People will experience the full emotional impact of the Gallipoli campaign when they visit the exhibition for the first time.
“The team and I feel very fortunate to be invited by Te Papa to be a part of this exhibition and the opportunity to pay tribute to the New Zealanders involved in this period of our country’s history,” Sir Richard says.
While the main visitor experience for the exhibition is a tightly-held secret, Te Papa is able to reveal a range of immersive, emotional experiences visitors will encounter. These include following the action on 3-D maps and projections, witnessing the cramped, filthy conditions that the soldiers faced, and exploring inside a scale-model of the Maheno – a luxury liner converted into a hospital ship to evacuate the sick and wounded.
Te Papa Chief Executive Rick Ellis says the exhibition uses a world-first creative approach unlike anything visitors will have experienced.
“Along with Sir Richard and Weta Workshop, Te Papa is using cutting edge technology to humanise this monumental event in our history. You will see the human story of Gallipoli through the eyes of ordinary New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.”
Gallipoli – The scale of our war is the centrepiece of Te Papa’s comprehensive four-year Conflict and Identity programme of research, discussion, and reflection on the dynamics of conflict and its impact on our national identity.
The exhibition opens on April 18 and will be free-of-charge to ensure everyone has the opportunity to go on a journey back to Gallipoli.