VC Gallery Art Exhibit Celebrates Military Children

A LOCAL gallery held an exhibit honoring military children.

The VC Gallery curated the exhibit celebrating military children and their experiences.

The program has seen gallery veterans invited to schools in Pembrokeshire to create art with military children.

Schools involved in the project included Prendergast, Fenton, Johnston, Haverfordwest High, Puncheston, St Frances and Pembroke Dock Community School.

An art exhibition celebrated the unique experiences of children whose parents are in the military

The artwork was presented at the VC Gallery in Haverfordwest on April 7.

In attendance were Service Student Liaison at Haverfordwest High Miranda Corcoran and former military child and now Regional School Liaison Officers for Service Children Yasmin Todd.

Yasmin has moved on in her life having grown up in Germany, Northern Ireland, Melton Mowbray, Aldershot, Chester, Newcastle and now settled in Pembrokeshire among other places. She explained some of the challenges children face.

“Anyone who has a parent or child who has served or is serving in the armed forces knows about the chellenges. I support schools to develop their childcare offer and better understand their experiences.

“I moved around a lot and went to different schools. This was completely normal for me, but some of the challenges children may face include settling in difficulties, separation anxiety and there may be gaps in their learning.

Western Telegraph: the works were exhibited at the VC GalleryThe works were exhibited at the VC Gallery

Also in attendance was Major Rob Luke, community engagement officer at Cawdor Barracks in Brawdy. He pointed out that the exhibit was about the experiences of service children.

Western Telegraph: Oldest military child was George Gibb, 93The eldest of the military children was George Gibb, 93

Barry John of the VC Gallery showed a painting by George Gibb, 93, a former child in the armed forces which depicted a conversation with his father who was in the Crimean War.

Barry said there is no better way to give children freedom than through art.

“Children’s freedom with art is inspiring because they have no boundaries when it comes to color, shape and energy.

“This exhibit used many different art forms, from cubism to abstract forms, to create a narrative as a child of the armed forces.”

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