Pictures and sculpture can sometimes convey feeling and emotion more powerfully than words. This was recognised in WWI by the British government which set up a Picture Department in 1916 as part of its Propaganda Bureau in order to influence public opinion about the war and promote Britain’s war effort.
The artists in this display had different feelings about the war and its consequences. Through their choice of colour, texture and shape they encourage reflection on issues such as power and sacrifice, conscientious objection and immigration.
Looking at WWI offers the opportunity to pause and reflect at a time of national and international WWI centenary commemorations.
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