Manchester Art Gallery

Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War

An exhibition of work by acclaimed British painter, Stanley Spencer.

Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 29 November 2014–Sunday 1 March 2015

Free

In autumn 2014, Manchester Art Gallery presented Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War, an exhibition of work by acclaimed British painter, Stanley Spencer, on loan from the National Trust’s Sandham Memorial Chapel. This exhibition featured a series of large-scale arched canvases and side panels detailing scenes of the artist’s own wartime experiences. Working as a soldier within a hospital, his recollections focus on the domestic rather than the combative and evoke everyday experience in which he found spiritual resonance and sustenance.

Image

Kit Inspection, Stanley Spencer at Sandham, (detail)
© NT and John Hammond
© The Estate of Stanley Spencer, The Bridgeman Art Library.