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Exhibition at the National Memorial Arboretum to pay tribute to the Royal Air Force

An art exhibition at the National Memorial Arboretum will pay tribute the Royal Air Force.

Aviation artist David Bent will be on display at the Remembrance Centre at the Alrewas venue from March 30 to June 30.

David said he had been able to draw upon the RAF’s own history to develop the exhibition.

David Bent's Spitfire and Hurricane Ad Astra on White

David Bent’s Spitfire and Hurricane Ad Astra on White

He said: “The Royal Air Force’s attitude has always been progressive and cutting edge. For me, their motto Per Ardua ad Astra – from adversity to the stars – sums them up perfectly.

“From the earliest days, a century of hard work, imagination, skill and courage has taken the Air Force to the extremes of modernity and 3D space. This has provided the inspiration for my new collection of work.

“Using a variety of aircraft and propeller shapes representing 100 years, these images attempt to evoke the spirit of that propulsive force that moves them forever forward, turning theory into evermore fantastical reality.

“I am very pleased that this collection is being launched at such a significant and meaningful place as the National Memorial Arboretum.”

Admission to the exhibition is free.

Sarah Oakden, head of marketing at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “This exciting exhibition will allow visitors to explore an amazing collection of colourful works that celebrate the contributions of the Royal Air Force.

“Our new Remembrance Centre has allowed us to host a series of inspiring and engaging temporary exhibitions and this selection of vivid images from David Bent is a brilliant cultural addition and an important component of our programme marking the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force.

“We will have a wide range of RAF 100 events and activities taking place between April and July and further information will be available on our website over the coming weeks.”

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