Worth a visit: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

By Lucy Oliver

This month is a time for remembrance – and a wonderfully poignant exhibition is now on tour.

A section from the handmade ceramic poppies which were displayed at the Tower of London last year is visiting Liverpool from 7 November until 17 January. If you were not fortunate enough to witness 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' in its original setting, you will be moved by the exhibition, commemorating as it does the sacrifices made by so many in the First World War.

Once a venue for recruitment rallies, St George's Hall will be the site for the 'Weeping Window' cascade of poppies, which has also been on display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield and the Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland.

At the Woodhorn Museum, the work of the Ashington Group, better known as the Pitmen Painters, is also being exhibited. The vivid collection of work produced by 1930s coal miners in a series of evening classes captures every aspect of life for mining men both above and below ground – and the artwork is acclaimed worldwide.

For more information about the poppies at St George’s Plateau, visit www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/poppies.
For the Pitmen Painters’ exhibition, go to www.experiencewoodhorn.com.