Passchendaele: Mud and Memory. Meet the Artist

The Arboretum’s Passchendaele: Mud and Memory Exhibition, which can be viewed by the public from Saturday 8 July to Sunday 19 November, has been created to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. On the centenary of the start of the Battle, join us to meet sculptor and artist Stephen Dixon to hear more about the inspiration for his new exhibition Passchendaele: Mud and Memory.

Second only to the Somme in the horrors inflicted on British and Commonwealth servicemen in World War I, the Third Battle of Yypres, began 100 years ago on the 31 July 1917. When it finished on the 10 November, each side had sustained around a quarter of a million casualties – though numbers continue to be disputed.

Featuring objects and artefacts found on the battlefield site the moving exhibition focuses on the ability of artefacts and materials, to conjure up a memory of time, place and experience.

An assemblage of features from soldiers of the many nations who fought at Passchendaele, the Central feature of the exhibition, ‘reconstituted’, a portrait sculpture by artist Stephen Dixon has been created using clay sourced from the site of the Battlefield.

Image: Imperial War Museum Q_005935

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