I finally managed to take a photo of the piece of Batik which has recently been in the Map Exhibition at The Studio Gallery. Helen Birmingham answered the call of Ordnance Survey who were looking for artists to be inspired by maps. And wow were they inspired! The exhibition has to be the best I have ever attended and sadly is now over but I want to share the story behind my piece.
The map I was randomly assigned was the Brecon Beacons and literally just off the map is the town of Aberfan. Now we are often asked where we were when Kennedy was assassinated and to be honest I haven’t a clue. However, the events of the 21 October 1966 are clearly etched in my memories. Many of the 116 children who perished when the slag heap engulfed their school were the same age as me. I was the 11 year old sitting in her Junior School in Barnsley, surrounded by the same black mountainous slag heaps. Each night I would watch the news watching the tragedy unfold. So I immediately knew that I would have to create something in the memory of all these children.
The batik was created on natural cotton and then adorned with a flower to represent each child who perished and never got to see how green now is their valley. This piece of art is not for sale – however if the Young Wives of Aberfan know a suitable place where it may be displayed I will gladly donate it .