Art Installation: James Bloomfield - In Service 1918-2017

Commemorative plate
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Monday, 31 July 2017 to Friday, 10 November 2017
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To mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, artist James Bloomfield has been resident at Salford Museum & Art Gallery and the Working Class Movement Library.

Delving into this fabulous rich archive, Bloomfield has created a truly special piece of work that engages with the audience directly and asks us to look at our history and the global legacy of the war to end all wars.

The outcome of this research is the creation of 226 commemorative ceramic plates. The plates reference each conflict and the number of fatalities for that conflict. Instead of being in display cases or on the gallery walls, the plates will be placed into service in the Museum cafe, presenting the findings of Bloomfield's research directly to visitors.

The plates will be used as part of the regular dinner service at Salford Museum & Art Gallery's bustling cafe and in Ordsall Hall's coffee shop. The plates will be presented for service on Monday 31 July and later decommissioned on Friday 10 November to coincide with the centenary of the battle of Passchendaele, which runs over these exact dates (3 months and 6 days).

John Bloomfield says:

"When I started this project I didn't know where the research would take me, I especially didn't think I would be hand decorating 226 plates each plate to mark a global conflict since the end of the war to end all wars. I want the work to become part of the domestic, our consciousness to remember those that have been involved in conflict or who still are."

Supported By Arts Council England.

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Artist WorkshopMonday 3 - Friday 7 JulyHelp decorate the commemorative plates which will go into service as part of the art installation.