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About the Residency

During Autumn 2014, writer Aoife Mannix is working with local writers, schools, and community groups in Gosport to create work inspired by the Artists Rifles exhibition at the Gosport Gallery. Creative writing from the residency is shared on this blog and will be published in an anthology. If you would like to be involved, please contact Aoife by email – aoifemannix@hotmail.com or Gosport Discovery Centre, High Street, Gosport, Hants PO12 1BT tel: 0856 603 5631 website: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/gdc.htm

About the Writer

Aoife Mannix is the author of four collections of poetry and a novel. She has been poet in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. She has performed throughout the UK and toured internationally with the British Council.

About the Exhibition

At the outbreak of the First World War, Paul Nash, a prominent artist, gave up painting and enlisted in the Artists Rifles, eventually fighting with the Hampshire Regiment. Members of the Artists Rifles regiment came from a host of artistic backgrounds – painters, poets, actors, architects. Early membership was a who’s who of the Victorian art world: Burne Jones, Rossetti, Millais, Leighton and Holman Hunt. The First World War saw a new stream of creative people join its ranks: Frank Dobson, Charles Jagger, Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas and John Nash who went ‘over the top’ with the regiment in 1917.

The exhibition presents an impressive shortlist of artists, spanning over 80 years of membership of the regiment, with a special literature-linked spoken word film commission. The exhibition looks at the artists, the art they produced and the regiment itself as well as featuring Artists Rifles loaned objects such as costume and memorabilia.

The events programme is funded by a Sharing Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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