Two Roses for Peace at the Pannett Art Gallery
A beautiful sculpture of a stem rose, on loan from the Imperial War Museums, is on display at the Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby.
This Peace Rose was designed by Argentinian craftsman, Juan Carlos Pallarols, a master silversmith with over 60 years of experience in the art of silversmithing.
Juan Carlos Pallarols initiated the process of forging remnants of the 1982 Falklands conflict into the Roses for Peace at his workshop in San Telmo, Buenos Aires. Using smelted shell casings and bullets Pallarols and his volunteers created handcrafted roses in tribute to the men and women who lost their lives. This repurposing of military material for artworks is an idea similar to ‘trench art’.
Aiming to help with the reconciliation process between Britain and Argentina, and in remembrance of the fallen, Peace Roses have been presented at key locations, including the Argentine Cemetery in Darwin, the British Cemetery in San Carlos and the Historic Dockyard Museum in Stanley.
This Peace Rose was presented to Imperial War Museums in November 2017 by the Argentine Ambassador to the UK, in the presence of a representative of Juan Carlos Pallarols. It is on loan from Imperial War Museums as part of the commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict.
Chair of the Pannett Art Gallery Committee, Councilor Linda Wild said “We are really pleased that this fabulous sculpture is on display in the Pannett Art Gallery. We are delighted that the Imperial War Museums chose Whitby, as a town twinned with Stanley in the Falklands, to exhibit this beautiful rose to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict.”
Video available here The Peace Rose
This is a unique opportunity for local people and visitors to Whitby to see an object from a National Collection on our own doorstep.
The Peace Rose is on display until the end of July and admission to the art gallery is free. Do make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to see this wonderful symbol of Peace and Reconciliation.
The gallery is open 10am – 4.30pm Tuesday – Sunday. Last admission is half an hour before closing.
The safety of our visitors is tremendously important to us and therefore hand sanitiser available at the entrance and in the gallery. Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask.
Admission to the gallery is Free.
Opening times may be subject to change, please check before visiting.