ART IN THE AFTERMATH
LA GALLERIA, PALL MALL, SW1Y 4UY
6TH - 18TH NOVEMBER 2018
Emma Willis MBE, who founded Style for Soldiers 10 years ago in 2008 in response to a documentary about the many and severe casualties being incurred in Afghanistan at the time and the charity's Patrons Lisa Armstrong, David Gandy and Lt. General Sir George Norton KBCO CBE will be showcasing the work of four military veterans suffering from PTSD and brain injury caused by action seen in predominantly Helmand, at La Galleria in Pall Mall between November 6th-18th. The show will exemplify how the creative process can help heal or manage mental injury, give insight to others of the invisible wound, and also aims to launch new careers for the four Soldier artists below.
In addition there will be portraits photographs by humanitarian photographer Giles Duley of five young physically injured servicemen including Style for Soldiers Ambassadors Lt. Alex Horsfall and Matt Weston. Emma met Giles whilst measuring patients for bespoke clothing at Headley Court Military Rehabilitation Hospital . Giles was the only civilian to be treated at Headley due to the severity of his injuries in Helmand, losing three limbs in an IED blast having been invited on a military patrol with the US Marines. He has since gone back to front line and post conflict humanitarian photography, visiting Angola, Rwanda, Iraq and Syria in the last few months, documenting the long term impact of war.
On November 7th BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen will be in discussion with Giles Duley on the long term impact of war, both having witnessed, documented and reported on the frontline for most of their career, art as post war trauma therapy and Giles’ new foundation launched at the House of Commons in June ‘Legacy of War.’ Another evening reception will feature the charity’s Patron Telegraph Fashion Director Lisa Armstrong and Ambassadors David Gandy, Lt. Alex Horsfall and Matt Weston talking about Fashion and The Military and the powerful affect of clothes on morale and self esteem.
Matt Weston’s short film starring Charles Dance will be playing at the exhibition and his reproduction of the ‘Blue Bench’ will sit outside on Pall Mall recreating the benches on the road from Sidcup to now St. Mary’s Hospital in WW1 for those travelling to and from the hospital for treatment with the innovative plastic surgeon Harold Gilles.
Exhibition Sponsors include Barclays, Marks and Spencer, James Lock Hats, Russell and Bromley and The Veterans Foundation.
The veterans Emma is supporting will be there and available to engage with during the event.