Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Poetry by Anna Harper

This project has lead to the general realisation that we have a wonderful poet in the group.
Her poems have become a valuable part of each canvas.

Patch me up and send me home

Patch me up and send me home

Once forgotten, haunted by the past.
Patched me up, sent me back to fight.
Not a care for how I felt as I could kill.
Worshiped by many, I'm treated like a king.
Patch me up, but don't send me back!


Remember the stories, the larks we shared,
The ones you carved hidden from the world,
Of drunken nights, we wish not to evoke.

Remember the noise, that crashing godly
Sound, of slaughtered men crying in agony.
Killed by heroes, believing they're right.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

WW1 canvas Pump Rooms exhibition Preview

For 2017 to 2018 the group has been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
We spent August 2017 to the end of March 2018 researching World War 1, particularly the changing attitudes towards disability and injury, now and then.
We all enjoyed looking at books and researching the internet, going on field trips and inviting specialists to talk at the Westbury Centre.
During April to July we worked on a 7-meter canvas depicting the events of WW1, taking inspiration from the copy of the Bayeux Tapestry after a visit to Reading Museum.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Bayeux Tapestry replica trip (Reading)

The group thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Reading Museum. The museum provided an extremely informative and enjoyable introductory talk about the story of the original Bayeux Tapestry and the women who stitched the replica. 

None of us realised how long the tapestry was, taking up two large galleries on the first floor.

The details were quite amusing, giving us loads of ideas for our own version we are about to create on WW1

At the bottom of the border the embroiderers have signed their work, stating where they started and ended.