The City of Manchester Art Gallery is currently presenting a special exhibition entitled 'The Sensory War'. Its theme is how artists interpreted the effect on the human senses and psyche in the first industrial conflict of the First World War and the subsequent reaction of artists to other conflicts of the 20th Century.
The extensive exhibition in the main city centre gallery includes works by some of the most well-known artists of the Great War including Orpen, Nash, Nevison and Dix.
WFA Lancashire and Cheshire Branch made a donation to the event. Chairman Terry Jackson's wife Ann, as well as being a member of the WFA, is a volunteer guide at the Gallery. She has already taken the public on a specialised tour and will be doing the same for the Branch in November 2014.
Terry and Ann thought this could be an excellent opportunity for the WFA to support the exhibition. Following his suggestion to the WFA's National Executive Committee, it was agreed to make a donation of £300. A few days before the opening, Terry and Ann attended a photo shoot at the Gallery. Terry presented the cheque to Gwen Oakden, the Gallery's Development Officer.
The WFA's profile has been substantially enhanced by this gesture. The Association appears in the exhibition brochure as a benefactor and on the written notes on the wall at the entrance to the exhibition. It has also been possible to leave membership literature in the events racks near the main entrance. Terry and Ann were also invited to the preview and the WFA was thanked by the Director of Manchester City Galleries and the Whitworh Gallery, Dr. Maria Balshaw in her opening speech.
The exhibition is sure to be well attended and the Association's involvement will enhance our reputation for the future as we progress during the centenary period. The free exhibition continues until 22 February 2015 and it is strongly recommended you visit it if you get the opportunity.
Chairman WFA Lancashire and Cheshire