The 70th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s anti-war painting Guernica provided the centrepiece for a Sheffield Stop the War Coalition event. It was attended by more than 70 people on Friday of last week and was called to mark the cost of war over the remembrance weekend.
“Picasso’s War and Peace” commemorated the anniversary of Guernica being painted during the Spanish Civil War.
It highlighted a visit by the artist to Sheffield for the second World Peace Conference in November 1950. This was wrecked by the then Labour government, which refused visas to many delegates, including the US singer Paul Robeson.
The event included an inspiring talk about Picasso and Guernica by Mike Gonzalez, extracts from Trimming Pablo, a play about Picasso’s visit, written by Dave Sheasby and performed by Fine Time Fontayne, and a documentary film.
There was also an anti-war exhibition by local artists Jeff Perks, Nancy Pilgrim, Simon Sunderland and Annie Anthony-Mays.
A dayschool was held last Saturday to help organise Don’t Attack Iran protests on 22 and 24 November and delegations for the international World Against War conference in London on 1 December.