Remember Me?!

Remember Me?! is an exhibition by Dawn Cole made in response to her time as Artist in Residence for The Canterbury Journey at Canterbury Cathedral. 

This exhibition marks the centenary of the armistice and and is inspired by items in the Cathedral’s archive and library that reference the First World War and Remembrance. 

Scroll to the bottom of this page for further information and an essay written by artist and writer Graham Ward.
 

About this project

Canterbury Cathedral

Chapter House

Canterbury, CT1 2EH

United Kingdom

 

www.canterbury-cathedral.org

20 October – 13 November 2018

Remember Me?! is an exhibition by Dawn Cole made in response to her time as Artist in Residence for The Canterbury Journey at Canterbury Cathedral.

This exhibition marks the centenary of the armistice and and is inspired by items in the Cathedral’s archive and library that reference the First World War and Remembrance.

Taking the poppy as the starting point Cole’s research has taken her from the earliest reference to the poppy she could find in the Cathedral’s archives; in a 1633 Herbal book, to it’s adoption as a symbol of remembrance in 1921.

Her research also uncovered the work of the Canterbury War Work Depot, an organisation set up to provide supplies such as bandages, medical supplies, blankets, pyjamas and pillowcases to hospitals nursing the wounded and dying of WW1 and who also made sandbags in the Chapter House, the location of Cole’s exhibition.

Remember Me?! features 100 plaster castings of hand embroidered pillowcases and four screen printed panels that on close inspection are made from thousands of tiny poppies but only reveal their true content from a distance.

The exhibition is supported by The Canterbury Journey, a 6 year long restoration and public engagement project which has secured £13.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and match funding from the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral and other stakeholders totalling £25m.

The Canterbury Journey is improving access to the Cathedral, it’s heritage and hidden collections through a programme of learning, interpretation and participation activities.  A new Visitor Centre, Viewing Gallery, Community Studio and exhibitions will be opening early next summer and autumn.

Jan Leandro, Head of Learning and Participation said;

“The residency was made possible by The Canterbury Journey and Dawn is the first artist in residence at Canterbury Cathedral.  We recognise that creative practitioners bring a fresh perspective to interpreting heritage and historic collections which helps us engage with new audiences.”

Read Dawn Cole’s blog about her residency here

Read essay by Graham Ward, artist, archivist and writer here