Artists Rifles Exhibition preparing to open in Basingstoke's Willis Museum

The exhibition is currently moving into the Willis Museum

The exhibition is currently moving into the Willis Museum

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THE first ever major exhibition to highlight the work of artists who served with the Artists Rifles Regiment will move to the Willis Museum, Basingstoke on July 5. 

The Artists Rifles Regiment was created in 1860 and its founding members represent a ‘who’s who’ of the Victorian art world. 

The Regiment then went on to play a key role during the First World War when it became an officer training corps.

This unique exhibition provides a detailed look at the artists, the art they produced and the Regiment itself.  

Exhibition curator Steve Marshall explains: “The exhibition was been based in Southampton for the past two months and more than 6000 visitors have seen the collection and their responses have been fantastic. 

"Visitors have left comments saying that ‘they have learnt so much about World War One from the exhibition’ and ‘what a fantastic opportunity it has been’.  Other feedback left has described it as ‘evocative, moving and haunting’.

“We now look forward to taking some of the works on tour and moving the exhibition to Basingstoke."

Find out more at

July 5 to September 27: Sainsbury Gallery, Willis Museum, Market Place, Basingstoke RG21 7QD

October 4 to December 27: Gallery @ Gosport Discovery Centre, Walpole Road, Gosport PO12 1BT

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