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Ode to a Flint

  • 19 March 2022 - 24 April 2022
  • Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
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On Saturday 12 March Ode to a Flint, a solo show by Russian born, UK based artist, Yelena Popova, was due to open in the Timothy Gurney Gallery at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. The exhibition explored the connections between the UK nuclear industry, landscape and the passage of time through painting, tapestry and an installation of flints.

In response to the war in Ukraine, Norfolk Museums Service has decided not to go ahead with the exhibition in its original form. Yelena, in agreement, has withdrawn her works and instead, invites members of the public to bring stones to place in the gallery as a gesture of solidarity with all the people affected by the current conflict.

In this way, Norfolk Museums Service and Yelena hope that the gallery will become a place of reflection and a symbol of support for everyone affected by this humanitarian and political disaster.

In keeping with the spirit of this collaborative installation, visitors will be encouraged to donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal

For information about how to place a stone, click Read more below -

Placing a stone in Ode to a Flint

Members of the public are invited to place any small stone around a new iteration of the original flint installation, which will be displayed in the centre of the gallery:

  • Visitors can leave a stone during Norwich Castle opening hours, Monday – Saturday 10am-4.30pm and Sunday 1pm-4.30pm, last admission 4pm
  • Visitors will also be able to leave a message of support in the exhibition gallery’s comments book.
  • Visitors can leave any kind of stone, it doesn’t have to be flint
  • We will not be providing stones – visitors will need to bring their own
  • We ask that visitors to the Ode to a Flint installation respect the gallery as a place of reflection and ask that they refrain from taking pictures
  • Norfolk Museums Service will be unable to return the stones to individuals once they have been placed and is currently considering options for the stones at the close of the installation. We may wish to accession some of them into the collection. We will invite suggestions of what to do with the rest.

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