Heaven in a Hell of War:
Stanley Spencer, the Sandham Paintings and his legacy
The Screening Room
£15 (£12 concession)
Please note that entrance into the building on the night will be via the Great Arch entrance on Victoria Embankment.
Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) was an artist who bore witness to both world wars - serving on the Salonika front in the first, and working as an offical war artist in the second. His paintings frequently dealt with the horrors of war, and none less so than in the visionary canvases he created for Sandham Memorial Chapel, built in honour of the 'forgotten dead.'
This panel discussion will explore the British painter's life and legacy in greater detail, most notably focusing the Sandham canvases, painted over the course of six years, and considered by many to be the highpoint of his career.
Professor Paul Gough is is a painter, broadcaster and writer. Amongst his recent publications is a monograph on Stanley Spencer (2006) and A Terrible Beauty, an extensive study of British art of the Great War (2010). In 2011 he published ‘Your Loving Friend’, the correspondence between Stanley Spencer and Desmond Chute.
Carolyn Leder is an art historian who has written widely on Stanley Spencer, including a book on his autobiographical Scrapbook drawings. A trustee of the Stanley Spencer Gallery, she has featured as a talking head on television and radio. She acted as the historical adviser to BBC television and Arts Council films on Spencer, and her work is frequently cited in the art historical press.
David Taylor is Curator of Pictures and Sculpture at the National Trust, a collection that includes over 14,000 oil paintings, 40,000 works on paper and 9,000 sculptures, housed in over 200 properties in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Previously he was Senior Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland. He has published and lectured widely on various aspects of Early Modern portraiture, and has curated exhibitions on Peter Lely, topographical views by John Slezer, the Enlightenment, George Jamesone, and Scottish portraiture between the Reformation and the Glorious Revolution.