Created in Conflict: British Soldier Art from the Crimean War to Today
17 March – 10 June 2018
Marking the centenary of Armistice Day, this exhibition charts over 200 years of startlingly intimate works of art created by soldiers.
Offering an intimate glimpse into lives lived behind battle lines, from the very people who experienced them, Created in Conflict showcases works of art made by serving soldiers from the 19th century to the present day.
Over 50 exhibits, including a tiny, exquisite matchbox house, detailed quilts and toys produced by convalescing soldiers, the exhibition highlights the diversity, resourcefulness and beauty of art created in wartime. Creative collaborations between today’s veterans and contemporary artists are seen alongside objects including a chess board carved by a Canadian prisoner of war in exchange for food.
Blurring the lines between trained and amateur artists, the exhibition challenges preconceptions about war, considering the role of art as both propaganda and protest, and reflecting on the experience of soldiers – from the heroic to the mundane.