West Yorkshire Print Workshop has been successful in obtaining Heritage Lottery funding for a project based around a collection of original WW1 postcards. This coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The culmination of the project will be an exhibition in the gallery at WYPW during July and August, which will include a selection of the postcards, and additional artwork and interpretation generated by working with local schools and the community.
This rarely seen private collection of postcards from soldiers posted at the Front during World War 1 will be supplemented by art work made by local schools and community groups, and coincides with the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
The exhibition will explore the production of postcards and how they were used as a means of communication during the war; how communication methods have changed over 100 years; and how printmaking continues to be a vehicle for sharing personal stories and insights in our visual world.