The Museum of Island History at the Guildhall in Newport High Street hosted the results of Independent Arts' art and reminiscence project, AfterWARds, from April to May 2016 (see below). Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the project.
The AfterWARds project report is available as a pdf file here:
AfterWARds is an intergenerational creative arts project designed to enhance public understanding of the impact of war on the lives of service personnel.
Following reminiscence work with veterans, Independent Arts delivered practical workshops to Key Stage Two pupils in five primary schools on the Isle of Wight. The workshops allowed the children to explore Morse Code, Semaphore and decipher codes through the text of the Michael Morpurgo book War Horse, as well as participating in a variety of additional code breaking exercises.
By working with three generations, afterWARds brings together both past and present service experiences.
A series of creative reminiscence sessions was delivered by our experienced creative practitioners in care homes on the Isle of Wight. We supported individuals to record their experiences of war and to communicate to the wider public areas of their past which often do not have an outlet. This helps to break the barriers of social isolation and silence between their own ‘care home’ community and the wider world.
These sessions were also offered to ex-service and currently serving military personnel to capture their personal experiences so that local communities can gain a deeper understanding of the issues that affect service personnel. The sessions incorporated a range of creative art forms including reminiscence, film-making, creative writing, visual art, photography and poetry.
Local artists were asked to respond to the memories captured in these sessions.
Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant, the afterWARds project supports participants to create video diaries, written work, photographic life stories, and artwork which featured in a public exhibition at The Guildhall in Newport running from 23rd April to May 6th.
Through reminiscence work with military veterans and currently serving personnel we have recorded their experiences and invited local artists to bring these fascinating stories to life through various mediums. Below is our 11-minute film of participants recollecting their personal experiences of war. Click on the arrow to play.