What's the story behind your picture?

23 November 2015

Our new Remembrance Centre will open in autumn 2016 and will feature a fascinating exhibition on Remembrance and what it means to us as individuals, as families and as a society. Our exhibition will include a work of art by artist Helen Marshall, know for her striking installations created from thousands of individual photographs.

We will be collecting images to use in this commission until April 2016 and are inviting visitors to send photographs for consideration. Whilst all photographs are welcome we are especially interested in receiving images that have a unique story or that have been taken at the Arboretum. The exhibit, which will be approximately 4 metres wide, will comprise around 5,000 individual digital photographs, many of which will be taken from our archive. Visitors will be able to view the individual photographs using a digital zoom facility.

Helen, whose work is rooted in photography and design, has a track record in collaborative practice. Her portfolio includes participatory commissions for BBC Television, Tate Britain, The Photographers’ Gallery and a recent Arts Council funded collaboration in Indonesia that is currently being exhibited at The Horniman Museum and Gardens, London.

Sarah Montgomery, Managing Director of the Arboretum, said: “With more than 300 memorials set in 150 acres, the Arboretum is a wonderful, visual tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our nation.  It is, however, people and their memories and associations that make the Arboretum such a special place. It is this that we hope to convey through this extraordinary artwork, which will tell thousands of stories.”