September 2nd to November 19th, 2017
Opening Reception: September 1, 2017, 5-8 pm
This traveling exhibition was organized by the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery (MJM&AG) and guest curated by Heather Smith
The 100th anniversary of the First World War has been an opportunity for the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery to examine the little studied area of Canadian craft related to war. Trench Art is defined as any item made by soldiers, prisoners of war and civilians, from war material directly, or any other material, as long as it and they are associated with armed conflict or its consequences. Trench art as a tradition of creating wartime souvenirs dates back to the early eighteenth century and continues to this day. Keepsakes of Conflict presents a diverse range of objects, from metalwork and carving to jewelry and embroidery. These pieces reflect the very personal stories of individuals in their experience of war.
MJM&AG acknowledges the generous funding support provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Museums Assistance Program, Canada Council for the Arts, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, Saskatchewan Lotteries, with sponsorship by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59.