The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is to host a series of free virtual illustration workshops exploring the end of World War Two. 

The workshops will be facilitated by Kremena Dimitrova, an illustrator and lecturer with extensive experience producing artwork for museums and educational projects.

Targeted at young people in Key Stages 4 & 5 (13 to 18-year-olds), the aim is to guide participants through new techniques, allowing them to create illustrations depicting historical events.

To mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day and the end of the Second World War, the Arboretum will also host an online exhibition of brand new illustrations created by Kremena.

In August and September, visitors to the Arboretum’s website will be able to view these new pieces. The artworks not only tell the story of the diverse communities who served alongside each other in the war, but also explore their legacy - one that continues to impact on modern-day society and culture. 

Workshops will take place on Monday 22 June (10am & 6pm), Tuesday 23 June (10am) and Saturday 27 June (10am). Booking is required as there are limited spaces available. More information and how to book can be found HERE.

All participants under 18 will require permission from a parent or guardian.

Chris Ansell, Head of Participation & Learning at the National Memorial Arboretum, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to broaden their understanding of the Second World War while learning new art skills. Kremena has produced an amazing array of artwork for previous projects, and we can’t wait to see what she produces for our online exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of VJ Day.”

Kremena said: “I’m eager to work with younger generations to expand their knowledge of this important historic era, going beyond what is often taught in schools and discussing how people from different backgrounds worked together to overcome adversity in the forgotten theatres of the Second World War. There is much we can remember and learn from the people who, during the Second World War, helped each other regardless of race, religion or cultural differences.”