The first major exhibition of IWM’s collection of contemporary art produced since the First Gulf War.

From an installation bearing photographs of British service personnel killed in Iraq to Tony Blair taking a 'selfie' in front of an explosion, this exhibition charts the many different ways artists have responded to warfare over the past two decades.

Including works by Willie Doherty, Ori Gersht and Edmund Clark, the display veers from the moving, to the humorous, to the philosophical and even the outraged.

There is particular emphasis on the role of the media, looking at how it has shaped the public's understanding of current events, as well as the way history is 'written'.

On display are more than 70 works of photography, film, sculpture, oil paintings and prints, while accompanying media allows the artists to discuss their motivations for creating work that centres on conflict.

IWM North

The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M17 1TZ

0161 836 4000


Opening times

Daily, 10am – 5pm
Closed 24, 25, and 26 Dec

Free to all

50% off entry with National Art Pass

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Valid to 31 December 2019

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