By Catherine Villeneuve, The Guard
The latest exhibition to settle in at the Canadian War Museum (CWM) is the Canadian Forces Artists Program – Group 7 (CFAP), from February 2 to April 2, 2018. This partnership between the CWM and the Directorate of History and Heritage of the Department of National Defence (DND) highlights the work of eight civilian artists who were sent on missions, operations and to bases to illustrate the daily routine of soldiers, sailors and air personnel.
“The Canadian Forces Artists Program offers a unique perspective on the contemporary history of the Canadian Armed Forces,” said Stephen Quick, Director General of the War Museum. “As Canada’s national museum of military history, we are honoured to present the extraordinary works generated by this important initiative.”
“This program is really important for us as it creates a bridge between the Canadian public and the CAF, so that as a community we can understand the military better,” added Mr. Quick.
The artwork on display is inspired by the experiences of the seventh cohort of CFAP artists, who were deployed with the military in 2014-2015. Nancy Cole, Richard Johnson, Guy Lavigueur, Ivan Murphy, Kathryn Mussallem, Erin Riley, Mark Thompson, and Eric Walker present a wide range of perspectives and styles through photography, video, sketches, oils, glass sculpture, and mixed media works on paper and textiles.
“Time in the field inspires artists for years. This is a sample but there’ll be more,” explained Dr. John MacFarland, representative from DND.
If you wish to learn more about the artists and their work, the museum is hosting a discussion at the Diefenbunker, in Carp, on February 3.
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