York Castle Museum

Community Room

14/18 by York Art Fusion

3 May – 30 July 2017

Local art group York Art Fusion will be exhibiting in the Community Room at York Castle Museum from 3 May to 30 July 2017. Taking inspiration from the First World War and the Museums exhibition 1914: When the World Changed Forever, each artist has interpreted a chosen theme from the Great War.

Vincent Dank’s large scale collage ‘The Angel of Mons’ was inspired by sightings of angels which were widely reported at the early stages of the war, and used as a propaganda tool to offset the shock defeat by the British army in France. His work evokes the sentiment that this successful campaign brought about, not only within the army but also the French and British civilian population.

Denise Curran’s photographic images convey fragments of stories, facts and myths, public and personal, weaving together stories of men, women and children affected in ways small and immense by the events of the First World War.

Angela Hall’s ‘Broken Mornings’ focuses on animals in war. She tells the story of the Great War through a series of images depicting animals and the changing seasons. Her work examines the impact of war on nature and the conflicting relationships between animals, man and the natural world.

Accompanying the exhibition is short film which traces the progression of the war from 1914 to 1917. The film features original photographs and is narrated by museum volunteers who read quotes from soldiers’ letters. The quotes and footage were chosen to highlight elements from the war which inspired each artist.

The group’s exhibition titled 14/18 is an eclectic collection of images which are woven together to express strands, elements and facets of war.