Navigation Menu+

Marc Wilson – The Last Stand

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 by in Past Exhibitions

18th October - 31st December 2016

Marc Wilson's 'The Last Stand' exhibits jointly with Brian David Stevens 'They That Are Left'


-- Exhibition opening days and times can be found at the end of this page --


Since 2010 Marc has been photographing the images that make up The Last Stand. This photographic work aims to reflect the histories and stories of military conflict and the memories held in the landscape itself.

The series is made up of images documenting some of the physical remnants of the Second World War on the coastlines of the British Isles and northern Europe, focusing on military defence structures that remain and their place in the shifting landscape that surrounds them. Some of these locations are no longer in sight, either subsumed or submerged by the changing sands and waters or by more human intervention. At the same time others have re-emerged from their shrouds.


Studland Bay I, Dorset, England. 2011

Studland Bay I, Dorset, England. 2011 ©Marc Wilson


Over these four years Marc has travelled 23,000 miles to 143 locations to capture these images along the costlines of the UK, The Channel Islands, Northern & Western France, Denmark, Belgium and Norway.


Sainte-Marguerite-sur-Mer, Upper Normandy, France. 2012

Sainte-Marguerite-sur-Mer, Upper Normandy, France. 2012 ©Marc Wilson


The idea for this work came out of an older project of his which had contained some locations involving wartime history. His European background and (like many others) own family histories drew him towards a project on this subject matter. Marc has always been interested in the idea of the landscape and the objects we place in it as holding the stories, histories and memories of the past. As the time beyond an event or era grows further these memories, accounts, or documents are sometimes all that we are left with.


There is something quite compelling about finding old war defences on the British coastline. Without even looking for them, you stumble on bunkers, radar stations and old radio bases, curious constructions that were never quite put to their fullest possible use and have been left to decay in the face of the sea and the salt and the wind.


The Last Stand is as multi-layered as the landscapes which it features; there's historical detail wrapped folded over into a chronotopia of functional brutalism, mixed with local touches that feeds into the geological, panoramic and tactical. All the boxes are ticked in Robert Adams traditional landscape list: there's geography, autobiography, and metaphor. But on top of that, Wilson gives us a politicised view of landscape and power that ties back to survey photography of Timothy O'Sullivan and the work of Mitch Epstein.


Layered into that is an Arcadian vision. With its focus on Northern Europe it's a dystopian Arcadia; there is a pagan feel to Wilson's pictures, a syncretic vision where geology, flora, climate and war find a single expression. And it's beautiful.


Review of The Last Stand – Colin Pantell



Marc Wilson is currently working a new project 'A Wounded Landscape' More information can be found on Marc's website at 


Oriel Colwyn is proud to facilitate the inaugural pairing of Marc's 'The Last Stand' with Brian David Steven's 'They That Are Left' to form a unique joint exhibition based around the theme of war and remembrance.



Exhibition Opening Times 

Opening times can sometimes vary, please check dates below if travelling. 

Tues 18th Oct : 10am - 9pm

Wed 19th Oct : 10am - 1pm / 4pm - 9pm

Thurs 20th Oct : 10am - 9pm

Fri 21st Oct : 10am - 9pm

Sat 22rd Oct : 12.30 - 9pm

Sun 23rd Oct - CLOSED

Mon 24th Oct : 10am - 5pm

Tues 25th Oct : 10am - 9pm

Wed 26th Oct : 10am - 1pm / 4pm - 9pm

Thurs 27th Oct : 10am - 5pm

Fri 28th Oct : 10am - 9pm

Sat 29th Oct : 12.30 - 9pm

Sun 30th Oct - CLOSED

Mon 31st Oct : 10am - 9pm

Tues 1st Nov : 1pm - 5pm

Wed 2nd Nov : 10am - 1pm / 4pm - 9pm

Thurs 3rd Nov : 10am - 9pm

Fri 4th Nov : 10am - 9pm

Sat 5th Nov : 12.30 - 9pm

Sun 6th Nov - CLOSED

Mon 7th Nov : 10am - 9pm

Tues 8th Nov : 10am - 2pm

Wed 9th Nov : 10am - 1pm / 4pm - 9pm

Thurs 10th Nov : 10am - 7pm

Fri 11th Nov : 10am - 9pm

Sat 12th Nov : 12.30 - 9pm

Sun 13th Nov : 12-2pm

Mon 14th Nov : 10am - 7pm

Tues 15th Nov : 12pm - 5pm

Wed 16th Nov : 10am - 1pm / 4pm - 9pm

Thurs 17th Nov : 10am - 9pm

Friday 18th Nov : 10am - 9pm

Sat 19th Nov : 12.30 - 9pm

Sun 20 Nov : CLOSED

Mon 21st Nov : 10am - 2pm / 4pm - 9pm

Tues 22nd Nov : 10am - 5pm

Wed 23rd Nov : 10am - 1pm / 4pm - 9pm

Thurs 24th Nov : 10am - 9pm

Fri 25th Nov : 10am - 9pm

Sat 26th Nov : 12.30 - 9pm

Sun 27th Nov : CLOSED

Mon 28th Nov : 10am - 9pm

Tues 29th Nov : 10am - 5pm

Wed 30th Nov : 10am - 12pm / 4pm - 9pm

Thurs 1st Dec : 10am - 9pm

Fri 2nd Dec : 10am - 9pm

EXTENDED...Reopens 16th Dec - 31st Dec