100 banners in black, red and white on cotton and hessian form an installation at Ely Cathedral throughout February. Some are painted, others appliquéd, printed or embroidered. The banners hang from a four sided bamboo constructed platform on 3 levels in an airy cascade. Of the 17 artists who are members of Ouse Life Cambridgeshire, WNAA artist Ann Froshaug painted 7 of the 100 banners. There are also pictures around the walls of the beautiful side chapel. The range of work is gruelling and moving and lovely, well worth a visit.
Research was done by visiting the Imperial War Museum and referring to online sources of photographs, film etc. War Artists paintings of the time like John Nash, Nevinson, Singer Sargent and others reaction to that horrible war were also referred to. Other members of the group did local research on individual soldiers. The focus was on the 232 men were killed in Ely but of course on the far wider setting of that world war.
Visit the installation at Ely Cathedral throughout February
For further information visit elycathedral.org