Poppy art exhibition to commemorate First World War

Groups, organisations and schools around the county are producing and decorating poppy seed balls for an exhibition at Rufford Craft Centre, at Rufford Abbey Country Park.

Groups, organisations and schools around the county are producing and decorating poppy seed balls for an exhibition at Rufford Craft Centre, at Rufford Abbey Country Park.

The exhibition entitled ‘Future Fields: Remembering the past, looking to the future’, commemorates the First World War and is running until November 16.

As part of the exhibition, families can take part in free Big Draw workshops at Rufford Craft Centre, during October half term between October 25 and November 2, from 11am to 4pm to add to the exhibits.

Groups involved will be invited to take poppy seed balls away after the exhibition, and crumble and scatter them in their gardens or flower beds.

It is hoped the seeds will flower in future years generating colourful clusters of poppies, internationally recognised as a symbol of remembrance.

The poppy seed balls will be biodegradable as a mixture of clay, soil and seeds with water and then decorated with drawings, and markings into mini seed head sculptures. The idea was thought up by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Arts Service.