Forging a Nation

June 5 - August 16, 2014

Enterprise Square Galleries (10230 Jasper Ave)

Gallery Hours: Thursday/Friday: 12-6pm, Saturday: 12-4pm

(Admission by donation)

This summer, the University of Alberta Museums are pleased to present Forging a Nation: Canada Goes to War, a travelling exhibition featuring more than 60 works of art from some of the best collections of war art from around the world.

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About the Exhibition

The works presented commemorate the First World War and the 100 years of conflict that have since followed. The ensuing work that has come out of artists’ experiences in the trenches has contributed to the development of our Canadian national identity.

The University of Alberta Museums presents this travelling exhibition from the University of Calgary in partnership with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Foundation (PPCLIF) with generous participation of the Canadian War Museum. Forging a Nation coincides with the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the PPCLIF in August, 2014.

Book available at the gallery

Great Canadian War Stories shows how the experience of Canada at war captured the imagination of fiction writers across the country. This audiobook chronicles the scope of Canadian war efforts in the first half of the twentieth century.

Selections from:

  • Timothy Findley
  • Joy Kogawa
  • Louis Caron
  • Thomas H. Raddall
  • Earle Birney
  • Roch Carrier
  • and others 

From the trenches of the Western Front to the plains of the Spanish Civil War, from the skies of North Africa to the jungles of Borneo, Canadian writers present the face of war in its many guises. There are women and children who have lost their homes, and men who have lost their dreams and lives. There are strangers brought together by accident and bound in loyalty. There are adventurers and deserters, volunteers and victims, all revealed with an unmistakable authenticity of voice.


Lest We Forget: A Thank You from the Trenches

(Image above: William Barnes Wollen, Second Battle of Ypres (Frezenberg) 1915. PPCLI Museum and Archives, Calgary.)