Women, War & Peace exhibition at Storiel, Bangor

Date: 28/03/2019

The Women, War & Peace exhibition which showcases the moving work of renowned photo journalist Lee Karen Stow with the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA), is on show at Storiel, Bangor until 27 April.

The exhibition looks at the effects of war on the lives of women in Wales and across the world, with the images telling very personal stories about how women have inspired the search for peace in the 100 years since the end of the First World War.

One of the striking portraits on show is of 97 year old Ifanwy Williams from Porthmadog, who is one of the founding members of Heddwch Nain/Mam-gu, and who has been a lifelong campaigner for peace with Cymdeithas y Cymod, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, which was founded at the outbreak of WW1.

Alongside the portraits is a unique document from 1923, ‘The Women’s Petition to America’, which is from the WCIA archives in Wales’ Temple of Peace and Health. It was signed by 390,296 women from across Wales after the First World War, and was presented to then US President Calvin Coolidge.

As part of the exhibition there is an opportunity for visitors to sign a new petition for a world without war, set-up by Heddwch Nain with the intention of presenting it to the United Nations in 2023-4 – 100 years after the original petition.

Storiel is open Tuesday-Saturday – 11am – 5pm.

PHOTOGRAPH: The ‘Women, War & Peace’ exhibition is on-show at Storiel until 27 April