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Guild of Aviation Artists Exhibition

The Guild of Aviation Artists was formed in 1971 and is recognised throughout the world for the promotion of aviation art.   The paintings on display in the Art Gallery have been specially selected to demonstrate the variety and scope of members’ work. They represent 100 years of the Royal Air Force in its centenary year.   The paintings on display are all for sale and the RAF Museum receives a commission from sales.

From: 23rd February 2018

To: 31st December 2018

Coalbrookdale School of Art exhibition

View an exhibition about the Coalbrookdale School of Art where many of the artisans who worked in the various factories in the Ironbridge Gorge were once trained. Free admission  

From: 21st March 2018

To: 21st December 2018

Schooling Good Taste - Coalbrookdale School of Art exhibition

View an exhibition about the Coalbrookdale School of Art where many of the artisans who worked in the various factories in the Ironbridge Gorge were once trained.  Open 10am-5pm Monday - Friday Free admission For details call 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk  

From: 1st October 2018

To: 21st December 2018

The First Casualty of War is Truth

A touring exhibition, The First Casualty of War is Truth, will be open at Jackfield Tile Museum Ironbridge from 6 October to 2 December. Marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, this exhibition forms part of Shropshire’s programme of commemorative events to honour and remember the lives of those who served in and were affected by the War. The exhibition has been funded by Shropshire Council. The First Casualty of War is Truth has been curated by a group of Shropshire artists and features their work, some of which has previously been exhibited at St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, and Theatre Severn. Julie Edwards, Jill Impey, Jacqui Dodds, Elizabeth Turner and Keith Ashford have created this exhibition to examine how the First World War was and still is represented in the media.  The artworks aim to expose truths obscured by time, loss and misinformation and respond to the notion ‘The first casualty of war is truth’. Jill Impey’s installation, ‘No trees were harmed in the making of this lie’, uses the metaphor of trees as both witnesses and participants. Trees can outlive humans and their squabbles over land and power, but have also been made into ships of war. Cut sections of trees show a timeline of British conflicts since WW1 – the war to end all wars? A recording of today’s young people singing ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ by Wilfred Owen brings the piece into the present. Inspired by a visit to the Tower of London poppies art installation, and the poem ‘Lost in France’ by Ernest Rhys, Jacqui Dodds has approached the theme of ‘The First Casualty of War is Truth’ in an abstract way. ‘Truth’, as what people hold to be true in their lives, is disrupted by war, some can be regained, some is lost forever with those who did not return. Keith Ashford has chosen to reinvent a flying model of a WW1 aeroplane from his youth. In ‘Escape Velocity’ a fragile balsa and tissue plane has turned into an essentially ephemeral representation made from porcelain. These delicate gliders only have one chance at a successful flight, and are destroyed on landing, a fitting symbol for the young pilots who after just 15 hours of training, often only survived days on the front line. Personal loss of loved ones is the theme for Julie Edwards ‘Ours’. Based on family mementos from WW1, including medals, photographs and drawings, the tragedy of loss in just one family symbolises the effect on families across the world. The title of ‘BoG Standard’ by Elizabeth Turner refers to precision engineering; instruments were calibrated to ‘BoG’ (British or German) Standard. The death rate in the trenches in WW1 is often referred to as on an industrial scale. In 1917 at Passchendaele, for each individual death only two inches of ground was re-taken by the allies, and the cast iron sculpture includes soil as a reminder of that statistic.  The exhibition will run from Tuesday- Sunday 6 October – 2 December at Jackfield Tile Museum and is included in the admission fee. For more details about the exhibition see www.ironbridge.org.uk and for visitor information call the Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424.

From: 6th October 2018

To: 2nd December 2018

Shropshire's First World War Film Festival

Shropshire’s First World War Film Festival showcases classic and new films from the 1930s to the present day. Films will be shown at community cinemas and village halls around the county as part of the events programme to remember poet and soldier Wilfred Owen and the centenary of Armistice Day at the end of World War I. The Film Festival runs from 10th October to 23rd November and includes classics like ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Hell’s Angels’ and ‘La Grande Illusion’ as well as new movies like ‘Journey’s End’, ‘The Burying Party’ (about Wilfred Owen) and ‘The Long Way Home’ about a fictional Shropshire pals’ regiment, filmed in the county. Peter Jackson's new film 'They Shall Not Grow Old' using digitally restored original film of World War I and soldiers' memories will be shown at the same time as its World premiere at the London Film Festival on 16th October.   Tickets for most films are now on sale online or from the venues. The full programme can be viewed at www.firstworldwarfilmfestival.com and most films are listed in the Wilfred Owen 100 events brochure available at www.shropshireremembers.org.uk   Enquiries should be made to the individual venues.

From: 10th October 2018

To: 23rd November 2018

Gorgeous Christmas Craft and Food Fair

Hosted in partnership with the Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, Gorgeous will bring together an inspirational mix of some of the finest designer-makers in the region presenting a wealth of Christmas present ideas to suit all pockets. Come along and browse and buy from over 40 stalls offering a huge variety of disciplines including jewellery, glassware, ceramics, textiles, fine furniture, prints, metal work and more. You’ll also find tasty treats from some of the region’s best food providers to eat or take home. Admission into Gorgeous is free but entry into Enginuity carries an admission charge  

From: 24th November 2018

To: 25th November 2018



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