Front Lines: A 21st Century response to Stanley Spencer's First World War paintings

One artist compares life on the NHS front line with that experienced by Stanley Spencer in the First World War. Normal admission charges apply. Free for National Trust members.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

An exhibition of sketches by Geraint Ross Evans showing hospital medics and patients during the battle against COVID-19 and drawings based on Stanley Spencer’s paintings of his experiences in the First World War.

Almost a century after Stanley Spencer was commissioned to create a chapel to honour the soldiers of the First World War, Geraint Ross Evans was invited to Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran, South Wales. His sketches cover a time when the hospital was dealing not only with the usual medical needs of its patients, but also the extra demands brought about by the coronavirus epidemic.

Evans’ work includes drawings of patients receiving treatment, and nurses going about their duties and are a modern-day response to the art Stanley Spencer created after working as a medical orderly and then serving as a soldier during the First World War. Evans has also sketched some of Spencer’s murals at Sandham Memorial Chapel, bringing a new understanding about how the striking images were created. Evans says “In sketching Spencer’s work, I feel I’m having a conversation with him as an artist…It gives me a really good insight into how Spencer made his paintings. So the drawings I make are my link with Spencer.”

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This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Sandham Memorial Chapel

Prices

Chapel and exhibition
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £10.00 £9.00
Child £5.00 £4.50
Family £25.00 £22.50
N/A £18.00

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  Gift Aid Standard
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Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

We no longer require you to pre-book your visit to the chapel.

The basics

Accessibility
Accessible parking is available at the rear of the garden – please call us on 01635 278394 or email sandham@nationaltrust.org.uk in advance of your visit for more information.

Contact Info

Name
Sandham Memorial Chapel
Email
sandham@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01635 278394

Upcoming events

Front Lines: A 21st Century response to Stanley Spencer's First World War paintings

Thu 30 Jun 2022
11:00-15:00
One artist compares life on the NHS front line with that experienced by Stanley Spencer in the First World War. Normal admission charges apply. Free for National Trust members.

Service at Sandham

Wed 06 Jul 2022
10:00-10:50
Christian service reflecting themes from Stanley Spencer's paintings. 10:00 - 10:50