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poppies1418_logo_cmyk_blue_copy_200Woodhorn Museum is honoured to be the first venue outside of London to present Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper.

The sculpture will be at Woodhorn between the 12 September – 1 November 2015.

Weeping Window is from the extraordinary installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red which was shown at the Tower of London in 2014.

The sculpture is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high structure to the ground below. This sculpture, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, marking the centenary of the outbreak of war, is now brought to audiences at venues across the country as part of the 14-18 NOW programme.

At Woodhorn, Weeping Window will cascade 55ft from the winding wheel of the No. 1 Colliery Heapstead (built in 1897). The Heapstead, an instantly recognisable symbol of the industrial heritage of the region, provides a dramatic new backdrop and context to the sculpture.  The stark industrial lines and cool grey-blue of the historic steel headgear will provide a stunning contrast to the cascading mass of Weeping Window’s red poppies.

How can you get involved?

We are expecting to be very busy during the 7 weeks that ‘Weeping Window’ is on public display at Woodhorn and would like to recruit volunteers to help us provide an exceptional frontline visitor experience during this time, welcoming, informing and engaging with the public whilst they are on site visiting the installation. We are looking for volunteers who ultimately really enjoy being with people – with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well the enthusiasm to deliver high standards of customer service. The role will include the opportunity to work in one or both of the following areas:
•    Providing front line welcome and information to visitors
•    Assisting visitors to participate in related visitor engagement including children’s crafts and artist led activities
You will be given full training, guidance and supervision. This is a totally unique opportunity to be a part of a very special event at Woodhorn.

WHO:        Anyone aged 16+

WHEN:    Sat 12 September – Sun 1 November 2015: 09:30 – 13:30 or 13:30 – 17:30
Available for training on Wednesday 9th September.     

WHERE:    At Woodhorn Museum, Ashington, NE63 9YF (Please note that some of the activities will take place outdoors so it’s recommended that you bring something warm and waterproof to wear and also, you must wear sensible shoes – no open toes). We will provide a uniform top and fleece.

If you are interested in being a part of this amazing opportunity, please download the guidelines here then complete the application form  and email it to Hannah Clarke-Stamp admin@woodhorn.org.uk by Friday 4th September 2015.
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Image credit: © Richard Lea-Hair and Historic Royal Palaces