In 1918, Canada was a different country than the one that had marched, almost cheerfully off to war four years earlier. In 1914, the main concern was that the war might be over before Canada got a chance to get into the fight.
Four years, and more than 60,000 deaths later, Canadians had lost many of their illusions about the glories of war. They also, though, had gained a new sense of where they fit in the world as a nation. On Tuesday, March 15, Exhibition Curator Boyde Beck will explore these and other themes with an art talk entitled Not a Tommy: World War One and Canadian Identity.
The featured exhibition is Snapshots of Armageddon: Jack Turner and the Great War, capturing the experience of the front lines of the First World War from the perspective of a Prince Edward Islander. Snapshots of Armageddon is a collaboration between the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation, the P.E.I. Regiment Museum, and the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.
The Gallery can be accessed through entrances off of Grafton or Great George streets, and through the entrance gallery near Mavor’s. Gallery winter hours are: Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 12 to 5 p.m.