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#TVforTeachers – Pick of the Week- Perspectives: War Art with Eddie Redmayne

As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.


This week’s episode of Perspectives (Sunday, 10.15pm, ITV) joins Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne as he explores War Art.  Redmayne considers the impact of artists’ depictions of the Great War, how culture reacts to conflict, and looks at the challenges facing contemporary artists representing war today.


From the press release:

The First World War had more serving artists than any other war in history.   Redmayne explores the iconic canvasses of the Great War – Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer, John Singer Sargent and Henry Tonks, as well as the modernists C.R.W. Nevinson and David Bomberg, whose controversial art responded to the weaponry of the new machine world in revolutionary new forms, changing the artistic landscape forever. Redmayne travels behind the scenes to see war art hidden away from public view – some censored, some never seen on film before.


Whilst this programme might immediately seem useful for art or history classes, it could also spark a conversation on censorship in art.


Follow the hashtag #TVforTeachers or @EraResources for more lesson ideas.


Related Links:

IWM – World War I Resources

BBC iWonder Guide – How Does Art Help Us Remember World War I? 

Clips from British Art at War: Bomberg, Sickert and Nash