Saturday 30 June 2018

Armed Forces Day

London — 24 June 2017

Art and the Armed Forces: from the Cold War to Afghanistan – London

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
20 Cavendish Square
London W1G 0RN

War artists have depicted the work of nurses in conflict zones since at least the Crimean War. Working close to conflict zones, artists often provide a link between defence personnel and mainstream awareness of their contributions. In this free event on Armed Forces Day, introduced by Major Chris Carter, chair of the RCN Defence Nursing Forum, we explore very different ways of depicting war through art.

Documentary photographer Alison Baskerville will talk about her early years of photographing conflict and the ethics and complexity of covering war in other countries and the complicity of photojournalism when used in the mainstream media. Visual artist Peter Kennard will consider the role his art has played in raising awareness of the threat of nuclear war.

There will also be an opportunity to visit the current exhibition in the RCN Library and Heritage Centre: ‘For Queen and Country: Nursing, Trauma and War’. This exhibition considers the vital role of nurses in the armed forces, past and present.

The talk is free to everyone, but tickets should be booked in advance online.

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