Great War battlefields inspire artist

Darlington and Stockton Times: WAR ART: Robert Perry with one of his pictures showing shattered infantry shelters at Verdun. WAR ART: Robert Perry with one of his pictures showing shattered infantry shelters at Verdun.

PAINTINGS by an artist who produced his work on location at the former battlefields of the First World War have gone on show.

Nunnington Hall near Helsmley is commemorating the centenary of the war with an exhibition by landscape artist Robert Perry.

He travelled to the battlefields in a mobile studio and created large paintings designed to communicate the devastation of the wartime landscape.

The hall’s general manager Mollie Dodd said: “It’s very exciting to welcome an artist of Robert’s calibre to Nunnington Hall as part of our successful annual exhibition programme.

“His paintings are highly evocative, enabling visitors to imagine the isolation and fear felt by those involved in the war.”

The exhibition runs until July 6 and on Sunday, June 29, visitors will be able to join in with demonstrations of wartime activities such as rationing, butter-making and wash days.

There will be a music wagon playing wartime classics and regular talks from local lecturer Trevor Boag and members of the armed forces will be given free entry to the historic home on the day.

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