Saturday, 16 June 2018: SOLDIER: An afternoon of art and poetry with Adrian Blamires and Robert Fitzmaurice at Stanley Spencer’s unique war memorial, Sandham Memorial Chapel

Spencer finalThe Two Rivers poet Adrian Blamires will be reading at the Sandham Memorial Chapel in Burghclere (near Newbury) this Saturday. He joins the painter Robert Fitzmaurice to consider the themes of Fitzmaurice’s exhibition SOLDIER, currently on display at the venue. The reading will take place in the chapel itself which houses Stanley Spencer’s extraordinary cycle of paintings based on his experiences as a First World War medical orderly.

As well as reading some of his own poems, Adrian will read from the Two Rivers Press anthologies Stanley Spencer Poems and The Arts of Peace.


Arts of peace revised cover 20 MarchDATE & TIME: Saturday 16th June, 3pm to 5pm

LOCATION: The Chapel, Sandham Memorial Chapel, Harts Lane, Burghclere, Hampshire, RG20 9JT

ENTRY: Free entry for arrival between 3.00 – 3.30pm

The event starts at 3pm. Guests will have the opportunity to view Robert Fitzmaurice’s exhibition and the Stanley Spencer paintings before the reading and talk starts at 3.30pm. Afterwards there will be a chance to talk informally with the artists, to return to the exhibition and to explore other displays at this inspiring National Trust venue.

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