I went down to the Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford a couple of weeks ago to deliver my Sweethearts installation. The gallery are commemorating the 1914 – 18 war with two exhibitions of work; my “Sweethearts” piece and “Lost Generation” by Andy Farr. The exhibitions run from the 10th September until the 29th of October.
Sweethearts – Morwenna Catt
Sweethearts is a textile installation of outsized Sweetheart cushions by Morwenna Catt, which mimic the pincushions that were often created by wounded soldiers recovering in hospitals during WWI.
These, much larger, hearts are heavily worked onto vintage woollen uniforms and domestic fabrics, with laboriously embroidered text and printed, stitched images of toy soldiers and trench maps.
In part the installation reflects on the artist’s ancestors experiences of war and has expanded into a more meditative study of how we remember and commemorate war.
One Sweetheart lists the names of every soldier shot at dawn for cowardice, another lists all the wars the UK has participated in during the 100 years since WWI.
Lost Generation – Andy Farr
100 years ago the youth of Britain were caught up in the excitement of fighting for the honour and glory of their king and country. If you were a teenager in 1914 a third of your friends would have been dead 4 years later, those who did survive would have been physically injured and mentally scarred.
Lost Generation is an Arts Council funded initiative by Andy Farr to make the WW1 centenary more relevant to today’s young people. The exhibition will be a mix of work by the artist and from his collaboration with students in the Midlands and Yorkshire.
For more information visit www.lostgeneration.info
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