• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Art and the army

1 Irish Guards & lec's breaking into the vaults of the Bank of Iraq Basrah, April 2003

Taking inspiration from our War Paint exhibition, an expert panel will discuss how art, historically and today, influences public perceptions of the army.

Artists have used the army as a subject for hundreds of years, for numerous reasons. Their works have influenced public opinion about the army - sometimes glorifying battles and romanticising soldiering, or revealing the human suffering and reality of warfare. 

In conjunction with our War Paint exhibition, we’re bringing together a panel of experts to discuss how public opinion is shaped by artistic representations of the army and conflict.


  • Emma Mawdsley (chair): Curator of War Paint exhibition, National Army Museum
  • David Cotterrell: British artist; Professor of Fine Art, University of Brighton
  • Gabriel Koureas: Senior Lecturer, Department of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Arabella Dorman: British war artist

Terms and conditions of ticket sales

Explore further

Join the conversation

"First time @NAM_London today. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought the presentation & interpretation made the subject accessible..."