The private viewing of an exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War at the Williamson Art Gallery exhibition launched a series of events around the area. Among the many guests joining staff and their families from Prenton High School were Tranmere-born actress Dame Patricia Routledge and the Rt Hon Frank Field MP.
The evening opened with music from the Wilfred Owen Choir and the displays of art and sculptures – now open to the public until Saturday 22 December – include the stunningly poignant ‘Fallen Leaf’ installation, an idea conceived and created by our Artist in Residence, Mrs Julie Dodd. Her idea, based on a simple oak leaf, the emblem of the Cheshire Regiment, inspired Julie to use each leaf as the format to represent the fallen – and as the vehicle for others to place their individual messages of remembrance to those lost in the war.
Over the past year, Julie has been busy running a series of workshops with Prenton staff and students, working with the many primary schools who came into Prenton as part of our Elevate programme over the summer term and visiting primary schools this term in the run-up to the exhibition. They decorated the laser-cut leaves with personal stories of family members, photographs, personal responses, views and reflections of war, all combining with Julie’s skilled eye to present a ‘Fallen Leaf’ effect at the exhibition – as can be seen here.
Dame Patricia, with her companion Caroline Hughes, is pictured here with Julie at the opening.