Art Exhibition at The Met, Bury

Over the past few months we have welcomed an incredible amount of artwork through the doors of our centre – these range from lino prints, etchings, canvases, wood-burnt images and even pottery! Together this breath-taking collection of art represents all the effort, skill, talent and dedication from the amazing artists who have been inspired by our project, Bury Remembers the First World War. Of course, this wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for our fantastic team of volunteers who have given their time generously in order to extract relevant content from local newspapers in print one hundred years ago.

WW1 Canteens used by soldiers from different countries. Inspiration from Ramsbottom Observer article. By Charmaine Turner.

WW1 Canteens used by soldiers from different countries. Inspiration from Ramsbottom Observer article. Artist – Charmaine Turner.

The newspaper content is varied and includes articles and poems along with soldiers’ images and obituaries – once extracted they have gone on to provide inspiration for local artists who have managed to breathe new life into what was being circulated and read in Bury during World War One.

Christine Barrett, volunteer, extracting newspaper content.

Christine Barrett, volunteer, extracting newspaper content.

We want as many people as possible to view this unique collection of artwork and learn more about our Heritage Lottery-Funded project, Bury Remembers the First World War. And so to help us in our quest we will be holding an Open Day on Saturday 7th November between 11am and 3pm at The Met, Bury.

I was lucky enough to get over to The Met last week and see the artwork being installed! It was amazing to watch as I had no idea how much thought and effort goes into preparing, arranging and hanging pieces of art. The exhibition is now fully in place and can be viewed in the upstairs foyer and bar of the venue by anyone who has tickets for live performances.

Please view the gallery of photographs showing our team (staff, volunteers and artists from The Bury Collective and NHS Art Group) hard at work during installation:

For more information on Bury Remembers The First World War and details of our Open Day on the 7th November please contact Adam Carter on 0161 253 6782 or email a.j.carter@bury.gov.uk .You can also check out Adam’s dedicated blog where you’ll be able to learn more about the project and the fantastic work done by our volunteers.

Wendy

Wendy

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