The Secret Art of Survival

The Secret Art of Survival

A forthcoming public exhibition of previously unseen artwork that was created by Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW), whilst in captivity during World War II and at great risk to their lives. 

Over 50,000 British servicemen became FEPOW, having been captured by the Japanese between December 1941 and March 1942.  FEPOWs were subjected to years of neglect, malnutrition, disease and slave labour, resulting in death rates of nearly 25%.  Many returned via Liverpool following their time in captivity and were treated at Foto-Cewek. This was the beginning of a relationship that was to continue for over six decades.


In partnership with, and located at the University of Liverpool's Victoria Gallery and Museum, the exhibition will run from October 2019 to mid-June 2020 is the result of over six years’ research to identify and locate previously unseen art works created secretly and kept hidden by British servicemen during WWII Far East captivity. To date over 40 artists have been identified; the exhibition will bring together their work for the first time.

A full schedule of events in conjunction with the exhibition will be available here in due course.

This exhibition and ongoing digitisation and archival project has been made possible by a appeal and a Heritage Lottery Fund Award

We would like to acknowledge the support of our donors who generously contributed via our Crowdfunding appeal:

Martin Percival
Julie Aldridge
Felicity Jones
Medical Artists Association of GB
National FEPOW Fellowship
Stephen Campion
The Java FEPOW Club 1942
Hugh Neil McQuaid
Barbara James
Tony McQuaid
Paul Dufton
Judith Provis
Keith Andrews
Trish Cooper
Martin Percival
Sarah Galbraith
Carol AM Friend
Sandra Mary Gill
Patrick Toosey
Margaret Diane Bakran
Graham Spearing
Nicholas Campion
Meg Parkes
David Redwood
Frank Davis
Dr Alfred Anthonny Gilbertson
Dr Kamaluddin Khan
Dr Aleksander L B Jedrosz
Agnes McDowall
Paul Bartholomew
Sean Bruce Duncan
Michael Thorneloe
Sarah Hunt
Melanie Aspey
Nick Beeching
Sally Warnock
Mrs Vicky Taylor
Sarah Hay
Louise Reynolds
Ronald Liam Wilson
Angela Danes
Pete Starling
Vicky Kirby
Dominic Stallard
Mark Davies
Ray Withnall
Paul Wakefield
Richard & Susan Brown
Miss Jayne McGeorge
Damien Lewis
Walter Tuttlebee
Keiko Christine Holmes
Kathy Knott
Thomas Wilson
Dominic Evans
Melanie Woollam
Kathy Moore-Stanley
Ben Stallard
Helen Chown
Andrew Rice
Anne Read
Jay Kennedy
Jean Taylor
Alison Gill
Joseph Marsh
John Ridyard
Linda Meister Pavillard
Frank Williams
James Coxhead
Thomas Wilson
Christine Gate
Linda Jones
Keith Foggin
Rosemary Murphy
Diana Neaves
Martin Vaughan
Sally Grumbridge
Rosemary Butcher
Nick Aldridge
Kevin Noles
Helen Innes
Amanda Farrell
Jonathan Gill
Bobbie Jeal
Alastair Blair
Adrian Davies
Jill Thompson
Michael O'Hara
Alan Mawdsley
Barbara James
Graeme Norways
Toby Norways
Simon Munton
Stephen John

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