Adelaide commissions artwork

Published on CPOB Anthony Martin (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Adelaide (L01)

Artist Megan Spiers presents her painting of HMAS Adelaide to the Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Jonathan Earley. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)
Artist Megan Spiers presents her painting of HMAS Adelaide to the Commanding Officer of the ship, Captain Jonathan Earley.
HMAS Adelaide has commissioned a painting which showcases its capability on amphibious operations, thanks to the revitalisation of a traditional fundraising idea.
 
Adelaide’s Welfare Committee instituted ‘Pay Day Raffles’ which helped fund artist Megan Spiers to produce the large painting of Adelaide. Ms Spiers worked closely with the Welfare Committee to develop and detail a piece that depicted the ship conducting a typical day of amphibious operations.
 
Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide, Captain Jonathan Earley, said that aside from being a talented artist, Ms Spiers also had family connections to both the City of Adelaide and Navy, adding further significance to the artwork.. 
 
“The Welfare Committee in HMAS Adelaide has been working diligently to improve amenities available to the crew and to look for new ways to raise money for the ship and its charities,” Captain Earley said.
 
“In this case, monies raised have been used to commission a fine painting of our ship to show what it does best - amphibious operations.
 
“It was a great pleasure to host Megan onboard to present the artwork in front of the ship’s company - it really is a fantastic painting of the ship and its connectors.”
 
Ms Spiers also spoke to the crew and provided some insights into how she designed the piece and outlined the process she went through to create the painting.
 
Adelaide Maritime Logistics Officer, Lieutenant Commander Amanda Buckland, said Ms Spiers had approved the sale of images of the painting through the Welfare Committee. High resolution copies of the artwork have been taken and will be available for sale through the ship’s canteen for ship's company and friends.
 
“Megan’s love of the Navy and passion for art is so lovely and the crew are very honoured to have had the opportunity to meet her and form this important connection,” Lieutenant Commander Buckland said.