Neyland community backs military artist's project
7:02pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
NEARLY 100 soldiers, veterans and people of all ages were getting their creative juices flowing last weekend during art workshops for a project to remember those who died during the war.
Neyland military artist C/Sgt Barry John MBE, a serving member of the Armed Forces, is leading a project to mark the centenary of the First World War.
The Neyland Armistice Project will see a commemorative sculpture – combining soil from the Somme and Pembrokeshire - unveiled on Remembrance Sunday.
The first of batch of workshops took place at St Clements Church Hall last Saturday and Sunday.
C/Sgt John said some soldiers came from as far away as Wiltshire and London for what was a “fantastic” two days.
“The main aim of the project is getting the history of the town in the First World War across through fun and art,” he added.
“Children working on the large artwork for the Armistice parade threw themselves into it, crafting the battlefields of the Somme, with multi-layered textures.
“The adults needed some prompting at first, but once they started they didn’t stop.”
People drew houses and gardens from their youth, places they went on holiday, pets and even family tributes.
Neyland Community School have really taken the project to heart and pupils have created more than 80 pieces of art.
“It has been a remarkable journey,” C/Sgt John added.
Another workshop will be held at the church hall, from 11.30am to 3pm. An exhibition of all of the work opens on Sunday, November 10.
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