In Service 1918 – 2017 James Bloomfield, Salford

20 June 2017 | Liz Robertson

Salford Museum and Art Gallery, and Ordsall Hall, Salford, 31st July – 10th November 2017

Launch event Thursday 27th July, The Working Class Movement Library

To mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, artist James Bloomfield has been resident at Salford Museum & Art Gallery and The Working Class Movement Library.

Delving into this fabulous rich archive, Bloomfield has created a truly special piece of work that engages with the audience directly and asks us to look at our history and the global legacy of the war to end all wars.

The outcome of this research is the creation of 226 commemorative ceramic plates. The plates reference each conflict and the number of fatalities for that conflict. Instead of being in display cases or on the gallery walls, the plates will be placed into service in the Museum cafe, presenting the findings of Bloomfield’s research directly to visitors.

The plates will be used as part of the regular dinner service at Salford Museum & Art Gallery’s bustling cafe and in Ordsall Hall’s coffee shop. The plates will be presented for service on Monday 31 July and later decommissioned on Friday 10 November to coincide with the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

An exhibition will run alongside at The Working Class Movement Library, Salford. This will open with a launch event on Thursday 27th July – ‘Future Wars and How to Prevent Them’ – featuring an introduction to the project from James Bloomfield and a talk from Professor Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University.

From Monday 3rd July – Friday 7th July, James Bloomfield will be working in Salford Museum and Art Gallery café for a week, and is inviting the public to come and create the artwork! He is looking for volunteers to drop in and help decorate the commemorative plates, which will go into service as part of the art installation. No need to book, just pop down and join in 10am – 3pm.