Lowry-bound artist is ‘Gaga’ for your WW1 artefacts and stories

An internationally-acclaimed artist wants North West residents to share their WW1 stories and artefacts with him.

Paddy Hartley, who will begin a residency at The Lowry from April 2017, is a trained ceramist and will make WW1 archaeology artefacts based on some of the stories people share with him.

The unfired artefacts will be made from a trench of slurried clay in the middle of the gallery, dried and photographed before being returned into the trench to disintegrate during the residency – a metaphor for the passing of memory.

Paddy Hartley, known for creating a wearable sculpture for Lady Gaga, said: “Much of my work is inspired by the stories that families of WW1 servicemen tell me.

“What would be great is if the people of Greater Manchester share their stories of WW1 ancestors and specifically, the personal objects, keepsakes and reminders of home that they kept with them.

“I’m interested in creating objects which reflect the nature of the environment the soldiers fought and lived in.”

The London-based artist’s artistic practice investigates themes of memorialisation and remembrance.

To share stories, contact Paddy Hartley on [email protected]

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