Draw the Living War Memorial – Sat 11th Nov 10am


Western Road, Crookes,Sheffield S10 1LD
10AM – 4PM

A mass day long drawing/painting session held on Western Road, Crookes, Sheffield on Armistice Day. Professional and amateur artists will be drawing or painting a picture of every memorial tree on Western Road. Let’s raise awareness of this magnificent living war memorial.

The Western Road Memorial trees were planted in 1919 to commemorate the soldiers who were ex-pupils of Western Road Council School (now Westways) who fought in WW1 – many of them didn’t return.

The trees are recognised by the War Memorials Trust and Imperial War Museum as a Living War Memorial, but Sheffield City Council have designated 23 to be replaced as part of the Streets Ahead programme.

Essentially we are hoping that every tree will be painted or drawn from pavement side by the end of the day. All works will then be photographed, an online gallery set up and an exhibition held from 24the November to 3rd December (details to be announced soon).


This will be a family friendly event, suitable for all ages. There will be kids activities too, and a remembrance parade and wreath laying service for 10:45am, with two minute’s silence at 11:00am
Specially commissioned poem by Oliver James Lomax to be read after the wreath-laying and speeches.

11AM until 4pm artists deployed to trees for drawing and painting.

N.B. Participants take part entirely at their own risk. We have applied for partial road closure to through traffic only, from 9:30-11:30am (to be confirmed), but the rest of the day there will be full road access. Please keep footways clear, be mindful of traffic and please ensure that children are supervised by their parent/carers at all times. Thank you.

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