Art of War exhibition launches a season of remembrance for Perth and Kinross

Culture Perth & Kinross has launched an exciting season of war-themed art and events with an exhibition of war artists and photographers spanning 160 years of world conflict.

The Art of War, running until 25th February 2017 at Perth Museum & Art Gallery, features paintings, photographs and sculptures depicting everything from 19th century British Army skirmishes through to the wars in Bosnia and Afghanistan, all through the eyes of artists and photographers who witnessed war first-hand.

While some were commissioned as official war artists, other artists captured their experiences of conflict while on active service.

The exhibition includes work by figurative painter Peter Howson, renowned for his penetrating portrayals of Bosnia; Sir Muirhead Bone, the UK’s first official war artist who became a household name; Tim Hetherington, the reportage photographer and filmmaker who was killed in a mortar attack in Libya; and Aberdeen-born painter Joyce Cairns, a now Dundee-based artist influenced by the genocide in Bosnia.

The Art of War forms the beginning of Perth and Kinross Remembers, a five-month series of exhibitions and events. It includes two touring exhibitions in collaboration with National Museums of Scotland and Perth’s Black Watch Museum. A series of events will take place during the exhibitions including an exhibition tour led by Curator Amy Waugh on November 30th from 1.00-1.30pm as part of the Museum’s monthly lunchtime talk series. Tickets cost £2.00.

Other events include an opportunity for visitors to find out the secrets behind Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of War Horse and how it was made, at a talk by lead historical advisor Andy Robertshaw on Saturday 12th November at 2pm. Tickets costs £5.00. Also, there will be a film showing of the Battle of the Somme with narration by Andy Robertshaw on Friday 11th November at 7.30pm. Tickets costs £5.00.

The Art of War exhibition marks a departure from Culture Perth and Kinross’s last exhibition at Perth Museum & Art Gallery. The trust, formed in April 2016 to develop museum and library services in Perth & Kinross, saw huge success with Player: Videogame Interaction from Atari to Toys to Life, an interactive exhibition of video gaming.

Rhona Rodger, senior collections officer (art) with Culture Perth and Kinross, said:

“The Art of War features some of the UK’s, and particularly Scotland’s, finest artists. It is timely not only because Remembrance Day is approaching in the coming weeks but, sadly, because conflict is all too present in the world today.

“Perth and Kinross Remembers includes an exciting line-up of talks and exhibitions over the coming months, which we hope will help the public gain a unique perspective on war and its place both in history and in art.”

What: Art of War exhibition, runs now until 25 February 2017. Suitable for adults 16+

Where: Perth Museum & Art Gallery, George Street, Perth PH1 5LB

Cost: Free for main exhibition. Check website for additional paid-for events.

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