The Art Fund, the UK's leading art charity brings official war artist Steve McQueen's Queen and Country to the Garrison town of Colchester this autumn. To mark the annual Remembrance period the artwork, in the form of postage stamps commemorating British servicemen and women killed in Iraq, will be on display at the University of Essex Art Gallery between Wednesday 8 October and Saturday 14 November.
Queen and Country is a collaboration between McQueen (director of award winning film Hunger and 1999 Turner Prize winner) and 155 families of the deceased, including many who served from the garrison town of Colchester. Displayed within a large oak cabinet, facsimile postage stamp sheets feature portraits, chosen by the families, of those who have been killed in the conflict.
The work is touring as part of a campaign to see the images issued as official postage stamps by Royal Mail. The petition for the stamps is at www.artfund.org/queenandcountry.
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