As a part of Oswestry’s Wilfred Owen festival we will be staging an Artists Trail starting on Saturday 15th September and finishing on Saturday 17th November 2018. Artists young and old, both local and those from further afield will be exhibiting their work in a wide variety of mediums in a range of accessible venues throughout the town. The theme for the exhibits has a wide brief “War & Conflict – Poetry & Peace”
A similar theme “World War Then – Poetry and Peace Now” has also been adopted by the annual Oswestry Visitor & Exhibition Centre Art Competition where local professional and amateur artists are invited to enter one or two recent works. The exhibits will be on show at the visitor centre in Church Terrace, Oswestry from October 5th to November 24th.
Below are extracts from some of the Artists Trail exhibitors and the venues where they will be on show. Artists of all abilities are most welcome to get in touch should they wish to show their work email:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Remembering World War 1 by The Picturemakers. Venue – (The Willow Gallery)
The Picturemakers / Y Llunwyr is a self-funded collective of visual artists, based in mid-Wales and we are delighted to be showing their Remembering WW1 Exhibition on the Artists Trail at the Wilfred Owen Festival
The exhibition was originally suggested by The Curator of The Radnorshire Museum, to mark the start of The Great War. The interpretation of subject matter was left completely to individual artists. Many of the exhibits in the resulting exhibition were inspired by the war poetry of Wilfred Owen and others that gave witness to this catastrophic, world changing event.
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Conflict and Redemption – Eileen Harrisson. (Venue – The Willow Gallery)
Eileen’s work, in this exhibition and for her PhD, is centred around the theme of conflict, local and global, past and present, and conflict resolution. She approaches the subject through the prism of her experiences of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, first expressed creatively through her poems on the Troubles and she is currently exploring how the symbiotic relationship between stitch, sound and word can be used as a vehicle to express the tragedy and horror of conflict and its counterpart, healing.
Memorials – Chris Woods. (Venue – Oswestry Library)
Chris is an author, historian and photographer and a frequent visitor to France, Belgium and beyond photographing the memorials and battlefields of WW1. He is also co-ordinating the Wilfred Owen Festival.
Below are a selection of photographs that will be on show at venues during the festival