Lest We Forget: The History of the Canadian War Artist Program

Event Dates:
  • Wed October 16, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Event Cost: By donation

Canada’s first War Art Program was established by William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, PC, ONB (1879 –1964) and Harold Sidney Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, PC (1868–1940) under the Canadian War Records Office of the Canadian Army during WWI. Known as the Canadian War Memorials Fund, the program employed more than 60 artists to travel to the battlefields of the Western Front and produce canvases that would document the conflict. This important program still allows Canadian artists, all of whom are volunteers, the opportunity to record Canada’s soldiers in action here in Canada and around the world.

This lecture will give an overview of the history of this unique program and the incredible historical record and legacy created by those artists who have served our country.

This lecture will be given by Paul Crawford, Director/Curator at the Penticton Art Gallery.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 | 7:00-8:30pm
Lest We Forget: The History of the Canadian War Artist Program

Admission by Donation