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Conflicting Views: Pacifist Artists
Conflicting Views: Pacifist Artists

Wed, 28 Sept


Southampton City Art Gallery

Conflicting Views: Pacifist Artists

Join artist and biographer Gill Clarke for an illustrated talk on 20th Century pacifist artists. Admission: £4.00 FoSMAG member / £6.00 non-member.

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Time & Location

28 Sept 2022, 10:30 – 11:30 BST

Southampton City Art Gallery, Civic Centre Rd, Southampton SO14, UK

About the event

This talk examines the experiences of British painters and sculptors, who were conscientious objectors (CO) and pacifists in the two World Wars through to the work in the 1960s of Scottish-Irish artist William Crozier who was greatly impacted by both wars and in particular seeing films of the liberation of the prison camps in 1945. Attention will be directed for example to Mark Gertler’s anti-war masterpiece Merry-Go-Round (1916) which typifies how some artists used their creativity to express their pacifist stance and their refusal to support Britain’s involvement in the war. Artwork from members of the Bloomsbury Group conveys their staunch refusal to cooperate in the war effort. Percy Horton took the radical stance of an absolutist CO and was imprisoned revising his stance in World War II with the burgeoning threat of Nazism. Sven Berlin registered as a CO but after witnessing the attacks on convoys in the Atlantic changed his mind and enlisted. Quaker and CO, Kenneth Rowntree was commissioned to record non-military subjects. John Tunnard became an auxiliary coastguard and painted prolifically throughout the war.

Event Details:

  • The talk will be held in the Lecture Theatre at Southampton City Art Gallery.
  • Social distanced seating will be in place. Please let us know you're coming by clicking the Register button below.
  • Admission fees are £4.00 (individual FoSMAG member) and £6.00 (individual non-member).
  • Please be ready to pay in cash at the door.

Image: Cover, Conflicting Views: Pacifist Artists, Gill Clarke (2018). Published by Sansom & Co.

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