Apsara Arts will work with female volunteers who will explore posters produced during World War 1 (WW1) to examine how the 4 years of conflict initiated a journey resulting in the transformation of women’s lives.
They will look at WW1 posters featuring women to examine the use of women in advertising to recruit men to fight for war.
During the war, women and girls took up many challenging roles leaving behind their old poorly paid traditional jobs. The impact had a profound effect both on the women and on society.
The Aspara Arts project will examine the every day life of a woman in the early 1900s and after WW1 to chart the changes in their status and employment opportunities.
We will use the poster as a storyboard to look at stereotypical images of women in society at the time. We will work with Dr Sam Carroll from Gateways to the First World War to access advice and guidance from the engagement centre's WW1 research network. Further support will be given by curator Ben Fellows at the National Army Museum to access their WW1 poster collection. Participants will also search out any on going WW1 projects on the theme to broaden their research.
Participants will visit the Imperial War Museum and the archives of the National Army Museum to look at the WW1 collection to learn more about war.
Participants will share their findings with a wider audience by creating a poster Art exhibition at Croydon Library accompanied by two workshops on WW1 themed posters & a range of talks at the launch of the festival, some academic, some community led.
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