An excellent exhibition space is available at Kazematten in the centre of Ypres close to the Menin Gate. This a large contemporary gallery space with good access and a social gathering area with licensed bar. This will be the venue for an exhibition of blacksmiths’ work, to be selected and organised by BABA.
An area of the gallery will also be used to display works by school children and students based on their responses to the First World War. Particular emphasis will be placed on how the conflict affected not only the troops, but also people and their communities on the Western Front and beyond, who lived through the horror of the war, and the renewed hope that came with the peace that followed. We will liaise with schools and educational institutions to contribute information for art projects and workshops, which will lead to a body of work for display during the blacksmithing event.
Masters and other blacksmiths will give evening lectures in the 150 seat lecture theatre within the Museum of Flanders Fields complex. It is also intended to invite guest lecturers to describe the role of blacksmiths and farriers in the First World War. We also aim to invite current military and retired military personnel to become involved in the event by sharing their experiences.