Laughter and Loss: British War Artists in WWII: Tuesday 11 July 2023

James Russell

A colourful, wide-ranging lecture exploring the work of British war artists in WWII by James Russell. Includes a chance to ask James related questions, and to buy cards, books and art prints by some of our war artists.

At the outbreak of WWII, National Gallery director Kenneth Clark set up a scheme whereby the British government would employ artists to record the war effort. From Eric Ravilious and Edward Ardizzone to Laura Knight and Evelyn Dunbar, a remarkable group of artists created an unforgettable and immensely varied body of work. Widely exhibited at the time in Britain and overseas, this vast collection is not only a historical document, it is also a timeless testament to the human spirit and the capacity of people to endure hardship.

James Russell is an art historian, curator and author. He also contributed to Margy Kinmonth’s new film ‘Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War’.

Venue: Battle Memorial Hall, 81 High St, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AQ
Tickets: In person at BRITISH design BRITISH made or online
Starts: 7.30 pm
Licensed bar: From 7 pm

Photo: Lisa Whiting Photography