Reflections from Afghanistan artistically documents the final tour of duty by 40 Commando Royal Marines in a groundbreaking exhibition at London's Menier Gallery.
Providing a unique perspective on conflict and the thoughts of the men who fought in it, for the first time the crew had access to an extra piece of equipment – the Combat Art Kit. The specially designed camouflaged kits, distributed to Royal Marines from all ranks, contain high quality art materials and fit neatly into a combat trouser pocket, enabling their use in any location. The kits acted as a vehicle for personal expression, initiating the creation of open, honest and contemplative responses - a snap-shot of experience as it happened.
The resulting exhibition showcases the usually unseen creativity of Royal Marines whilst on active service. A number of the Royal Marines have generously chosen to share their personal reflections with the public. These drawings and paintings are complemented by works including photography, objects, designs, and film, all made in the field.
The Combat Art Kit is the creative idea of Anita St John Gray, whose late husband served in the Royal Marines, who together with curator Tim Martin, artist Jon England and arts educator Stuart Rosamond developed the project. The initial project could not have gone ahead without funding from the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, Go Commando, Pardoes Solicitors, Brewin Dolphin Investment Management and recently CQC.
Go see the artworks for yourself at Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark St, London, SE1 1RU – launching Wednesday 25 March 2015 until 1 April 2015.
Via direct submission to Creative Boom