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A Terrible Beauty: Reconstruction and Remembrance, An Artist’s Response to the First World War

Wednesday 25 November, 6pm
Duke Street Lecture Theatre, NUA

A textile sculpture created by international fashion designer and artist Paddy Hartley is to be displayed at the Museum of Norwich from 24 November as part of an exhibition ‘Norwich and the First World War: Soldiers and Workers, Duty and Philanthropy’.

The sculpture entitled Norman Eric Wallace, comprises a First World War uniform digitally printed and intricately embroidered with information from the medical records of Observer 2nd Lieutenant Norman Wallace, who suffered terrible facial burns when his aircraft crashed in France in September 1917.

The sculpture, on loan from the National Army Museum, is part of a larger series by Paddy entitled Project Façade which has been funded by The Wellcome Trust. This landmark project interprets the untold stories of First World War servicemen treated for horrific injuries by pioneering facial surgeon Sir Harold Gillies.

In conjunction with the exhibition, NUA and the Museum of Norwich are hosting a public lecture by Paddy Hartley at 6pm on Wednesday 25 November.

‘A Terrible Beauty: Reconstruction and Remembrance, An Artist’s Response to the First World War’ will explore Paddy’s remarkable current and upcoming work.

The display and lecture also coincides with the launch of ‘Papaver rhoeas’, a new series of potentially controversial work by Paddy. ‘Papaver rhoeas’, which explores themes of memorialisation via the motif of the poppy, launches in multiple cultural venues across London on 3 November. Guests at the NUA lecture will be among the first people to hear Patrick talk about this new project in public.

Event Information

The Lecture takes place on Wednesday 25 November and tickets are £6.50.

You can purchase tickets via our online store here. On purchasing a ticket your confirmation email permits you free entry to both the Museum of Norwich and the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum at Norwich Castle for the duration of the exhibition, ‘Norwich and the First World War: Soldiers and Workers, Duty and Philanthropy which ends 5 March 2016.

NUA Duke Street Lecture Theatre, Duke Street, Norwich, NR3 3AJ

Doors open at 5.30pm, Lecture will begin promptly at 6pm

Nearest Parking: St Andrews Car park

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– Norman Eric Wallace, Paddy Hartley

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– In partnership with the Museum of Norwich

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– Normal Eric Wallace, Paddy Hartley