Event: Sir Stanley Spencer Great War Mural Exhibition
Location: Somerset House, WC2
Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War is an exhibition of the war artist Sir Stanley Spencer’s large murals depicting everyday life during the First World War.
The murals have been kept at the National Trust’s Sandham Memorial Chapel in Hampshire since they were completed in 1932. Now the chapel is undergoing refurbishment work, so they are touring, and at Somerset House until the end of January.
The series of paintings were inspired by Spencer’s own experiences as a stretcher bearer and soldier on the Salonika front in Macedonia. They took him six years to paint and mainly depict his memories of everyday wartime chores – inspecting kit, doing laundry, scrubbing floors, taking tea.
A panel discussion on the artist and his legacy is on at 7pm on 13 Nov.
As 2014 marks 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War there will be a series of events marking the centenary across Britain. London events include The Great War in Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (27 Feb-15 Jun), and the opening of the First World War Galleries in the summer (date to be confirmed) at the Imperial War Museum. For more information on centenary events visit www.1914.org.
The Stanley Spencer exhibition is on in the Terrace Rooms at Somerset House on The Strand from 7 Nov to 26 Jan 2014, open daily 10am to 6pm. (Please note the Terrace Rooms will close at 5.30pm on 13 Nov).