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Venues announced for iconic ceramic poppy sculptures by 14-18 NOW

Posted  31 July 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 venues that will host the iconic ceramic poppies from the Tower of London.

St George’s Hall Liverpool, Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland and Yorkshire Sculpture Park will present the iconic poppy sculptures ‘Wave’ and ‘Weeping Window’ in 2015. The new presentations 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.

Woodhorn Colliery played an important part in the war effort, not only for coal production, but also supplying skilled miners for the front. St George’s Hall, Liverpool was used during the First World War to hold recruitment rallies with speakers including Lord Derby and Lord Kitchener.

‘Wave’ and ‘Weeping Window’ are from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ – poppies and original concept created by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper 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 forces of the First World War.

‘Weeping Window’ is the cascade of poppies that was seen pouring out of a high window down to the grass below. ‘Wave’ is a curling swathe of poppies which rose up to create an arch over the entrance to the Tower.

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 ongoing.

Venues to host the poppies in 2016 will be announced in September 2015. Expressions of interest to present the poppies in 2017 and 2018 will open in 2016.

Each location will provide free access for the public to view the work, and will be supported with an educational programme.

Visit 14-18 NOW’s website for further details.

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