National Memorial Arboretum seeks artist to create digital exhibition to mark VJ Day

Published on: Wed, 08/04/2020 - 12:17

National Memorial Arboretum seeks artist to create digital exhibition to mark VJ Day

The National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, is inviting expressions of interest from artists working in digital media (photography, illustration, video, text, animation etc.) to produce a new body of work for their first ever digital exhibition. The 150-acre woodland and garden site is currently closed due to the coronavirus and is exploring new ways of engaging people and fulfilling its role as the nation’s year-round centre of Remembrance.

The commission forms part of the Arboretum’s programme of activity to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. The finished works, inspired by VJ Day and the impact that the Second World War has on today’s society and culture, will be curated into a digital exhibition on the Arboretum’s website. It will also form the basis of a social media campaign.

Throughout the year the National Memorial Arboretum is normally host to a varied and high-profile programme of events, exhibitions and participatory activities which take place both outdoors and within its award-winning visitor centre. Recent exhibitions have included Tribute Ink, Colin Davidson’s Silent Testimony and Stuart Wood’s SIX.SIX.FORTYFOUR.  

The deadline for expressions of interest is 22 April 2020 and the digital exhibition will launch on 7 August 2020. For further details and to apply for the commission visit:

Chris Ansell, Head of Participation and Learning at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “Our cultural programme is incredibly important, and this commission allows us to support the wider artistic community during a period of considerable economic turmoil. The 75th anniversary of VJ Day is a landmark moment in our nation’s history and this exhibition plays a crucial role in our ambitious programme to mark this occasion.

“We are determined to continue to fulfil our essential role as the nation’s year-round centre of Remembrance, providing a wide variety of routes for people to engage with this important human need. This digital exhibition is one of the ways we are overcoming the challenges we face as a visitor attraction which is currently unable to welcome the hundreds of thousands of visitors that we would normally expect across the year.”