New Exhibition! Margaret Glover: ‘Images of Peace’
EXHIBITION OF THE FORTNIGHT Happy New Year! The first object blog of 2014 is not about one object but the many objects making up our latest temporary exhibition, ‘Margaret Glover: Images of Peace’. Margaret Glover is a Quaker who is also a contemporary artist and peace activist. She combines her two passions (art and peace) through her artwork. Bobbie Burgers, an artist, said “Brush stroke and colour are key. The subject doesn’t matter after that”. Contrary to this, the subject matter of Glover’s work is vital. It is a fascinating social and historical record of peace activism as depicted through the individuals, scenes and messages featured in her work. Her subjects are a mixture of known and unknown individuals, significant and insignificant scenes. She has covered a wide range of organisations, campaigns and displays of activism from Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament to Fellowship of Reconciliation work; from anti-war protests, peace vigils to political conferences; from historians, academics, peace activists, priests to politicians. All of which were of an interest or concern to her. (The image below is Glover’s watercolour painting of Tibetan Monks making sand mandalas)
Glover’s artwork is also brilliant in its own right as pieces of art. Her broad brush strokes on the oil paintings are particularly eye catching and vivid, while her sketches and drawings in pastels, pencils and Indian ink evoke a sense of urgency as she quickly captures a scene happening before her. Glover has generously donated many objects to the Peace Museum. A small sample of these, and items donated by others relating to Glover, is on display in this exhibition. The exhibition title is taken from her 2002 PhD thesis (which explored British images of peace from the late nineteenth century to the Second World War) when she studied at the University of Reading. (Oil Portrait of Pat Arrowsmith by Glover) Images of Peace will be on display in our temporary exhibition area until the end of March 2014.