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 Yelena, in agreement, has withdrawn her works and instead, invites members of the public to bring stones to place in the gallery as a gesture of solidarity with all the people affected by the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
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