On October 11th, the Youth Board visited the Manchester Art Gallery who had recently put together a fantastic collection of art from the last century focused on war, it’s effects and the interpretation of imagery by various artists from Otto Dix, Henry Lamb to CRW Nevinson. The theme of the gallery is especially relevant as 2014 marks the centenary of WW1, or the ‘Great War’. As the focus of the exhibition was the senses and their response to the wars, there were also film rooms with real war photography that really encapsulated and enhanced the viewers experience.
My favourite collection was the ‘hibakusha’, paintings by survivors of the 1945 Hiroshima bomb, many were harrowing accounts of their memories but others were more subtle in their message.
I thoroughly enjoyed viewing this gallery as it was both informative and enthralling.