Lecture Series Presents Artist Bev Tosh
GP College and Community Lecture Series is pleased to present Artist, Bev Tosh: “War Brides”
Thursday, February 18th – Room D308
Admission is free.
Lecture Topic - "War Brides"
The term 'war bride' refers to women who married foreign servicemen during or immediately following World War II, and whose overseas passage to their husbands' homeland was typically paid by the host government. Artist Bev Tosh will be talking about her art as it relates to her numerous paintings, installations and mixed media work she has created over the past 7 years. These works are related to her research regarding War Brides and their experience in Canada.
In Canada, a vast influx of young women, many with infants, was an anomaly in immigration. Of the 48,000 British and European women who married Canadian servicemen stationed overseas, approximately 44,000 women and their 23,000 children embarked on the journey to Canada. Theirs was a one-way passage provided by the Canadian government. Most immigrated in 1946 after Canadian troops were demobilized home when troop and hospital ships doubled as 'bride ships'. Some carried as many as 2,500 war brides in a single crossing.
“This project began eight years ago when I painted a portrait of my mother as a young war bride for her 80th birthday. This exhibition is the result of years of research and hundreds of personal interviews with war brides in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England and the United States. We made contact through the internet, traditional correspondence, word-of-mouth and war bride gatherings. Most women portrayed in One-Way Passage came to Canada. Some, like my mother, left this country as brides of Commonwealth airmen nicknamed 'fly boys' training in Canada during the war years. Their wartime romances were just the beginning of physical and emotional journeys of immigration and integration”.
Beverley Tosh holds an Master of Fine Arts degree in painting. She has balanced almost 20 years of post-secondary teaching with a strong commitment to her own artwork. Her paintings can be found in public, private and corporate collections and have been exhibited across Canada and internationally. She has been awarded Distinguished Alumna by the Alberta College of Art & Design and has recently been elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.