FESTIVAL DATES: 29th & 30th June 2019
The Abandoned Soldier

The Abandoned Soldier

An Exhibition of Paintings from the Project
Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 Juky 2018 – 10.00am – 6.00pm
@ The Melville Centre, Abergavenny

The image on the front cover is a photograph of James Napier’s public sculpture The Abandoned Soldier, which was erected in Trafalgar Square in 2007 to highlight the plight of injured British Service personnel. The work was originally commissioned for the BBC2 documentary series ‘Power to the People’ and was located on set in a BBC Newsnight programme at the time.

The sculpture was modelled on the face of Lance Corporal Daniel Twiddy who was wounded in Basra by friendly fire in 2003, sustaining many injuries including facial injuries from shrapnel. A permanent home for the sculpture is being sought – it has been in Cardiff Castle for several years – and also funds to enable its recasting in bronze.

For further information about the project please go to http://www.theabandonedsoldier.com

John McDermott, who formerly served in the Royal Navy and as UN Military Observer in the Falklands, Gulf Wars, Bosnia, Cambodia and Sierra Leone, formed the not-for-profit social enterprise Aftermath PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) to raise the awareness of the condition through art exhibitions. In 2007 he said: “Through the universal language of art, visitors will be able to explore what combat-related trauma means as well as the survivability of the human spirit…. It’s now 10 years since British troops went into Afghanistan, and later into Iraq…
…. a significant number of troops, perhaps as many as four out of 10 of the many thousands deployed, are now suffering the hugely debilitating effects brought on by combat trauma.”

Mark Christmas, the local ex-serviceman, poet, artist, who suggested this exhibition should come to Abergavenny for the Art Festival says “Abandonment is one of the worst words in the dictionary when you are involved with it in any context. Remember the dead, let the living not be forsaken in your memory.”

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