Spring Arts And Heritage Centre's Artist Walk And Talk With Jacky Dillon
|Author: annahowelll||Published: 1st May 2012 13:08|
In Support of her exhibition, In Memoriam, there is an opportunity to talk to the Artist Jacky Dillon at 11.30 on 5th May, and share your own stories.
Come along to the Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in East Street, Havant, to see the photographs and text exploring the language of remeberance through memorials of the Great War 1914-18 and learn the personal stories hidden behind the inscriptions.
Follow the stories on the Inmemoriam1914 blog as they become part of a community archive, in the exhibition with the proceeds from the sale of the book which accompanies the exhibition 'In Memoriam' going to support the tri-service charity 'Help for Heroes'.
Jacky Dillon said:"The work for my MA explored the idea of the geographical imagination through text and photographic images investigating our attachment to the homeland where we are born and spend our formative years. Strongly influenced by poetry and popular songs from the Great War 1914-18 these English landscapes portrayed our soldier's memories of home whilst fighting on the Western Front.
The exhibition and book 'In Memoriam' concentrates our thoughts upon the war memorials found in every village, town and city across our countryside. Images celebrating the diversity of these unique monuments are displayed alongside the personal stories of the lives of just a few of the men and their families torn apart by the War. These are the stories hidden behind the inscriptions.
My Grandfather served with the Canadian Army as a young man during the Great War. He was injured and pensioned out of the service returning to England to marry and bring up a family. I realise that I was very privileged to be able to get to know him. So many were not so fortunate including my husband's family who lost two brothers, Arthur & Jack Harrison, in the fighting on the Somme.
As we reach the centenary of the start of Great War in 1914, it seems appropriate to take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made for us and to record the memories of those who have fought for this Country in conflicts over the last 100 years. Visitors to the exhibition on 5th May, 12th May and 2nd June 2012 will have the opportunity to record their own stories to be uploaded onto the dedicated Spring blog where they can be shared with the local community."