Exploring the world of the soldier through the visual arts

Other Worlds began in July 2010 and is an inspirational community arts project that explored the world of the soldier through the visual arts. The project encompassed many related threads: arts skills workshops; professional mentoring and exhibition opportunities for the active service personnel; a series of unique exhibitions by guest artists exploring the theme of conflict; and a schools project ‘When You Go Away’. The project has provided servicemen and women and their families with the opportunity to use the visual arts to tell their story leaving a permanent legacy for others to see; and has given the general public a window on the world of our servce personnel and a greater understanding of their experiences.  

Now, thanks to generous funding from the MOD Community Covenant Grant Scheme we are able to tour this unique final exhibition to other communities in the county of Wiltshire and beyond in the South West. Our aim is that more communities engage with this subject and the work that has been created. We will be facilitating community response and the creation of new artworks from this exhibition tour.

We invite you to have a look at the blog and details of past exhibitions and the work of the servicemen who took part, please feel free to leave comments and questions. If you would like to talk about this exhibition visiting your venue then please get in touch at arts@wiltshire.gov.uk

With thanks

The Other Worlds Team

You can contact us at

The John Creasey Museum, Salisbury Library & Galleries, Market Place, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 1BL

For any enquiries or to join the John Creasey Museum email list email, arts@wiltshire.gov.uk or please call 01722 343270

Other Worlds is supported by the Art Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Wiltshire Council and the V&A.

“I am delighted that the John Creasey Museum approached the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Your Heritage grant to acquire the painting by Paul Nash and build the Other Worlds project around it. People’s responses at the launch exhibition of the artists’ new work in Salisbury in February clearly showed that the project has a powerful role to play in linking heritage and art with the experiences of serving military personnel.

I welcome in particular the innovative way the project is involving local school children and also working with the Imperial War Museum. I very much hope that the project will inspire other servicemen and women to explore and portray their own responses through art and heritage.”

Simon Timms, Committee Chair, Heritage Lottery Fund, South West