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Iconic poppy sculptures will tour to Lincoln, Perth and Caernarfon in 2016

Posted  30 November 2015 in News  
By Kate Clements
The poppies installation at Tower of London ©Richard Lea-Hair and Historic Royal Palaces.

First World War Centenary cultural programme 14-18 NOW has announced the three venues that have been chosen to host the iconic poppy sculptures Wave and Weeping Window in 2016. Next year, the poppies will tour to Lincoln Castle in England, The Black Watch Museum in Perth, Scotland, and Caernarfon Castle, Wales.

Last week, the government also announced a £2.5m grant to 14-18 NOW to take the poppies to a further 12 locations across the UK beyond 2016. The new presentations by 14-18 NOW will give people across the UK the chance to experience the impact of the ceramic poppy sculptures in a range of places of particular First World War resonance.

Lincoln was a major centre for the manufacture of weapons and munitions during the First World War. Wave will be presented at the recently restored castle, which has far reaching views across the city.

Weeping Window will be presented at the Black Watch Museum in Perth, which is housed in  Balhousie Castle. The Black Watch is Scotland’s premier Highland regiment and fought with great distinction throughout the First World War.

Caernarfon Castle will also host Weeping Window. The castle is home to the Museum of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, who played a key role in the First World War, including at the Battle of the Somme. The presentation will be accompanied by a special exhibition, Remembrance for Peace.

Over 600,000 people have already seen the poppy sculptures on tour. They have been hosted at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where Wave is on view until 10 January 2016; Liverpool’s St George’s Hall, where Weeping Window is on display until 17 January 2016; and Woodhorn, Northumberland, where Weeping Window attracted over 125,000 visitors earlier this year.

Wave and Weeping Window are from the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces. The installation was originally at HM Tower of London from August to November 2014 where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War.

The two sculptures, which together have over 10,000 poppies, have been saved for the nation by the Backstage Trust and the Clore Duffield Foundation, and gifted to 14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums. Financial support for the presentations has been received from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and fundraising for the presentations is on-going.

Each location will provide free access for the public to view the work. Read more about the project on the 14-18 NOW website.

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