Keepsakes of Conflict: Trench Art & Other Canadian War-Related Craft

Sep 2nd, 2017 - Nov 19th, 2017

Keepsakes of Conflict: Trench Art & other Canadian War-Related Craft

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.


Related exhibit programs:

September 10, 2017, 2-3pm
2 O’clock Tour: Join a MAG Staff member on a guided tour of KEEPSAKES OF CONFLICT: Trench Art and Other Canadian War-Related Craft.

October 15, 2017, 2-4pm
In-Trenched: A closer look art made by and for Canadian Soldiers
Rory Cory, Senior Curator at the Military Museums, will be presenting on the art and craft that Soldiers made in the trenches and those items made locally for military tourism. Rory will also highlight art made by Prisoners of War. This presentation will be followed by a MAG staff guided tour of KEEPSAKES OF CONFLICT: Trench Art and Other Canadian War-Related Craft.

Remembrance Day, November 11, 2017, 2pm
Just a Few Lines: Performance by Paul Boultbee - Join us for “Just a Few Lines”, based on the journals, letters, and stories of Canadian soldiers. “Just a Few Lines” has been created by local actor and artist, Paul Boultbee, who will also perform the piece.

November 12, 2017, 2-3pm
2 O’clock Tour:
Join a MAG Staff member on a guided tour of KEEPSAKES OF CONFLICT: Trench Art and Other Canadian War-Related Craft.

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