Richmond School students’ poppy art to be displayed at Ripon Cathedral

Students from military families at Richmond School have pooled their artistic talents to create a poppy-themed art project that will be displayed at Ripon Cathedral.

The 28 Year 7 students were supported by two artists from the organisation Never Such Innocence to create the collaborative piece of artwork.

The students worked in four groups and crafted four different types of poppy using a variety of materials and techniques, including sewing, beading, felting and intricate wired designs.

These will be combined to create a wall hanging for the Service to Remember remembrance service at the cathedral on November 12, before being returned to Richmond School where it will be displayed.

The poppy theme was chosen by the organisers of the Service to Remember to mark 100 years of the poppy being used as a symbol of remembrance and to show support for our Armed Forces.

Sarah Gleave, services children’s advocate at the school, said: ‘It was lovely to see the Year 7 services students gathered together to create a piece of art which will serve as our act of remembrance.

“They worked really hard and impressed me with their sewing skills and creativity.

“Well done to all the students and many thanks to the practitioners from Never Such Innocence for coming in to work with us.”

Visitor numbers to the Service to Remember are limited, however a small group of students will attend in person,  with everyone else being able to take part in a virtual service.