EVENTS

“War’s Hell!” The Battle of Mametz Wood in Art

National Museum Cardiff

30/04/2016 - 04/09/2016

Exhibition

National Museum Cardiff
Cathays Park
Cardiff
Cardiff
CF10 3NP

2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of Mametz Wood, one of the most significant and bloody battles fought by Welsh soldiers during the First World War. Now embedded in Welsh national identity, this Battle has come to represent the bravery and sacrifice of Welsh troops in the First World War. This heroic ideal was captured by the artist Christopher Williams in his painting The Welsh Division at the Battle of Mametz Wood, commissioned by David Lloyd George.

The fierce fighting that took place inspired some artists, and poets who were serving at Mametz such as Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, David Jones and Llewelyn Wyn Griffith to share their experiences with the world. This exhibition will explore the art, poetry, writing and song by those who witnessed the battle first hand and others who have since responded to it. It will show how the battle continues to resonate today.

For further information please contact the Museum on 0300 111 2 333 or via email Cardiff@museumwales.ac.uk