You have to travel way beyond the Whitley Pump’s border for this exhibition but it is definitely worth it. The location for Kategsrove artist Robert Fitzmaurice’s current show – ‘Soldier’ – is Sandham Memorial Chapel.
The exhibition marks the end of the First World War in 1918 and the sixteen paintings, prints and mixed media works consider the soldier through the ages.
The location at the memorial chapel is significant as a setting for Robert Fitzmaurice’s art.
In contrast to the cycle of paintings by Stanley Spencer, where the imagery is deeply connected to his wartime experiences as an orderly and infantryman, this exhibition will focus on how the soldier appears in art of different periods and cultures as an archetype personifying bravery and honour.
The exhibition is displayed in the cosy front room of one of the almshouses which were built on either side of the chapel. It is open 11am to 4pm from Wednesday to Friday and 11am to 5pm at weekends until 6 July and on other days by appointment. The artist will be in site for the duration of the exhibition. All the works are for sale at prices ranging from £295 to £675.
Entry to ‘Soldier’ is free but the usual entry charges (adult £9 or £10 with gift aid) apply for the chapel which is a National Trust property.
On Saturday 16 June, 3-5pm, there will be a reading in the chapel by Reading poet Adrian Blamires who will be discussing the historical context of the show with Robert Fitzmaurice.