Haunting war horses to go on display in Dumfries

The pieces have been designed to commemorate 100 years of the Mesopotamian War. Credit: Colin Hattersley

Haunting sculptures of World War One horses have been created to commemorate 100 years or the Mesopotamian War.

They're to go on display at Solway House, The Crichton in Dumfries between 27 and 29 May.

In 1917 the struggle for Mesopotamia, which takes in parts of modern Iraq and Syria, was reaching a crescendo as the British Empire pushed back the armies of the Ottoman Empire.

These events, lamented by Rudyard Kipling in a poem written that year and called Mesopotamia, are recalled in some of the artist's extraordinary and ghostly sculptures.

Mark Gibbs, from Carlisle, has been selected for Spring Fling as part of the Neighbours Scheme which allows artists and makers from regions bordering Dumfries and Galloway to take part.

Spring Fling is Scotland’s premier visual arts and craft open studios event and will see 93 artists and makers take part across Dumfries and Galloway from 27-29 May.

Mark will be among the exhibitors at Solway House, The Crichton, in Dumfries.