Poppies tour reaches Caernarfon Castle

Weeping Window at Caernarfon Castle Credit: Richard Stonehouse

Installation Weeping Window can be seen at World Heritage Site Caernarfon Castle in north Wales as part of a First World War arts programme.

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Weeping Window at Caernarfon Castle Credit: Richard Stonehouse

The Weeping Window, first seen as part of the hugely popular Tower of London art installation, has opened at the medieval fortress and World Heritage Site Caernarfon Castle, in north Wales, home to the Museum of the Royal Welch Fusiliers regiment who fought throughout the First World War, including the Battle of the Somme.

Due to the artwork’s remarkable popularity in London – more than five million people are believed to have seen the Tower installation – the poppies have been on tour as part of 14-18 NOW, a programme of arts experiences connecting people with the First World War.

More than 1.5 million people have visited Poppies: Wave and Weeping Window, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper since the start of the Poppies Tour in 2015 and, now, six new venues have been announced seeing the tour through 2017.


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Weeping Window at Caernarfon Castle Credit: Richard Stonehouse

Wave will be installed at the Barge Pier, Southend-on-Sea, in April and the CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial in July. Weeping Window will be going to the Maritime Museum in Hull in March; the Silk Mill, Derby, in June; Y Senedd, The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, in August; and Ulster Museum, Belfast, in October.

The Poppies will also be travelling to Stoke-on-Trent in 2018 as part of the final year of the tour. Stoke-on-Trent has a special relationship to the ceramic poppies, as it is where many of them were made.

Jenny Waldman, director of 14-18 NOW, said: “The poppies have captivated millions of people across the UK, and we are delighted to present them in more locations in 2017, including taking them to Northern Ireland for the first time. Paul Cummins and Tom Piper have created two enormously powerful artworks of national significance that continue to inspire all who see them. We are also very grateful to the Backstage Trust, Clore Duffield Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for their continued support, and to our transport sponsor DAF Trucks.”

Weeping Window can be seen at Caernarfon Castle until November 20 for free, however booking is recommended as there is limited capacity.

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