West Lancashire Borough Council's Arts Development Service, working in partnership with Learning Stars, Workers Educational Association (WEA) and Galloways, has developed an art trail in Ormskirk inspired by heritage from World War One.
This thoughtful and dynamic commemorative artwork "Out of the Shadows" is being showcased in Ormskirk Town Centre in participating shops and businesses. As well as paying tribute to the brave men and women who suffered or lost their lives serving their country, the trail is also inspired by the work that animals undertook during the war. These include carrier pigeons who carried intelligence and dogs who help rescue the wounded.
The full list of artworks is as follows:
Arts Council England funded the project and the art work will be on display until 7 January 2019. It also includes new work by the artist Julie James Turner who has been working with a group of individuals from Learning Stars to create work that is inspired by the roles women took on during the war. A map showing the location of all the artwork will be available from all those participating including the Chapel Gallery.
Councillor Yvonne Gagen, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: "This fabulous art trail is a wonderful tribute to those who served in World War One. The Council is delighted to have been able to take part in this project and work with the partners and the students from the Workers Education Association.
"The creative art sessions provide educational and experiential art projects to encourage students to nurture their own artistic talents to create artworks. Creativity can empower individuals and support their development of confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing. The arts can play a very positive and tangible role in enriching and transforming lives."
An event was held at the Chapel Gallery to showcase the project and a soldier who has served in combat held a questions and answer session followed by a minute’s silence.
The WEA students have found so much inspiration this year from their research into World War One in this centenary year. They have researched the work of many war artists’, and gathered information from study visits to galleries and museum.
Linda Brunt, Learning Stars Manager, said: " Learning Stars were really delighted with the whole event, the students performed brilliantly, everyone worked so hard and the gallery was the perfectly place to hold the event. I would encourage everyone to come along and see the exhibitions in particular the art work, “Out of the Shadows”, being displayed in Ormskirk town centre.
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