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Digital art exhibition to mark the end of World War Two
The end of the Second World War is to be commemorated by a special exhibition of illustrations which is due to go on public display later this summer. The brand new exhibition, which will feature work by illustrator Kremena Dimitrova, is to be displayed on the website of the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire during August and September. And, ahead of the exhibition, children in Staffordshire are being invited to take part in a number of illustration workshops being held during the week beginning Monday 22nd June. The VJ Day Illustration Workshops, which mark 75 years since Victory over Japan in August 1945, invite youngsters to explore the end of the Second World War and also learn how to illustrate histories with artist Kremena Dimitrova.

VJ Day Illustration Workshops, National Memorial Arboretum
Children invited to take part in illustration workshops


The first workshops take place at 10am and 6pm on June 22, followed by further sessions at 10am on Tuesday 23 June and 10am on Saturday 27 June. London-based Kremena will be producing her new series of illustrations to mark 75 years since VJ Day and the end of the Second World War. The exhibition will explore stories of the diverse communities who served alongside each other in the war, and the lasting legacy that they have had on today's society and culture. The online display could feature illustrations which have been inspired by children taking part in the digital workshops. The workshops will be delivered over Zoom, so youngsters can take part from the comfort of their own home. Spaces on the workshops, which will be guided by Kremena, are limited so pre-registration is essential for those wanting to take part. The workshops are recommended for children in Key Stage 4 and 5, and all participants under 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian to take part.

National Memorial Arboretum
One of the inspirational sculptures at the National Memorial Arboretum


Kremena, who also works as a lecturer, aims to use her illustrations to bring to life and celebrate histories that may otherwise remain hidden, overlooked or side-lined. Previously, she has worked with museums and organisations including The University of Manchester, Oxford City Council and Lonely Planet.
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Why? Children invited to explore end of war through illustration
When: 22 June to 27 June
Phone: 01283 245100
Where: National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR
Cost: Free
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Oh wow, Tony, what a milestone! Congrats!
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