“Over by Christmas?”
This Art exhibition, in Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, was by three Craven College Fine Art Degree students:
It is a response to the Centenary of the Great War and it explores its impact on the lives of people in the Craven area and in the wider world.
Our research began with the names on the Skipton War Memorial. This led us to the book and website ‘Craven’s Part in the Great War’ which gave us some insight into the lives of servicemen and their families before the war and an appreciation of the effects of their subsequent loss.
We were inspired by the poetry of the WW1 poets and the powerful photographs taken on the Western Front.
The three of us have followed different routes within the theme of the Centenary of WW1. These include; an exploration of war memorials, daily life in the trenches and the emergence of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance.
Although our work mainly features the Western Front, we acknowledge that the Great War was a global conflict and many of those whose names are on the memorial lost their lives in more distant theatres of war.
The war memorial honours the dead but we hope that our work also honours those who survived whose lives were changed forever.
We are very grateful to the Revd Veronica and the members of Holy Trinity Church for hosting this exhibition and for giving us their support and encouragement.