barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham

British Art & War 1914 – 18

1-Day Colloquium

Saturday 17 January

10.30am – 4pm

The impact of the First World War was experienced both by servicemen and by civilians, and this colloquium – inspired by our CRW Nevinson exhibition, Rebel Visions – will demonstrate that the conflict should be understood as an all-encompassing social crisis affecting everyone. 

Papers by leading art historians will examine a diversity of perspectives on war in artists’ works, ranging from the serviceman in the trenches to the munitions worker, industrialist or pacifist on the home front.


Speakers include:

Professor Michael Walsh, School of Art, Design and Media, Nanyang Technological University – CRW Nevinson’s most recent biographer

Dr Sue Malvern, University of Reading – Leading authority on the British Official War Artists Scheme and an expert on war and gender

Dr Jonathan Black, Kingston University – Author of the new book CRW Nevinson: The Complete Prints

Dr Richenda RobertsUniversity of Birmingham – Curator of Rebel Visions: The War Art of CRW Nevinson

Richard Slocombe, Senior Curator, Imperial War Museum, London

Christopher Martin – Nevinson expert currently cataloguing Nevinson’s paintings




James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903)

La vieille aux loques (The Old Rag-Picker)


Percy Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)

A Portrait of the Artist's Wife, 'Froanna'


William Hogarth (1697-1764)

Night (from the sequence 'The Four Times of the Day')


William Hogarth (1697-1764)

Evening (third in the sequence from 'The Four Times of the Day')