Exhibition shows how combat art helps Marines handle Helmand
When Westcountry-based Royal Marines last deployed to Afghanistan, they took with them a surprising new piece of kit designed to help them cope with the horrors of war.
A combat art kit, complete with camouflage packing, was issued to members of Taunton-based 40 Commando on their last tour of duty to notorious Helmand province.
The aim was to provide a servicemen with a way of venting their feelings through art and now a number have allowed what they did to be put together into a special exhibition.
A spokesman for Combat Art said it had been well received: "The bespoke camouflaged kit, distributed to 500 marines from all ranks, fits neatly into a combat trouser pocket and contains high quality art materials.
"The kits acted as a vehicle for personal expression – a document of experience as it happened.
"The resulting exhibition showcases the usually unseen creativity of Royal Marines whilst on active service."
The initiative, which includes photographs – is the idea of Royal Marine widow Anita St John Gray, who worked with curator Tim Martin, artist Jon England and arts educator Stuart Rosamond.
The exhibition will be staged at the Market House in Taunton, from November 9-23.