February 2015

February 2015

Mam

Maureen Stow

My mother, Mam, passed away on February 22, 2015

She didn’t want to go, she wanted to stay here with me. I wanted to go with her. Both were impossible. So I sat beside her as she lifted away, free again to run, skip and dance. In dying she begins a new life, leaving me to turn my own page to a new chapter. How to continue without her, my truest friend, whose personality, presence and outlook influenced so much of me, is hard to know. Perhaps, in my dreams, she will tell me how.

March 2015

March 2015

Latest exhibition Winifred’s War at The Space, Central Library, Hull

March 1 to 31, 2015 – Special Launch for International Women’s Day

MARCH FOR OWN WEBSITE Winifreds War Poster Sml

January 2015

January 2015

Exhibition for Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 ‘Keeping the Memory Alive’

at Hull History Centre January 27 to February 20, 2015

New life grows from the soil at Auschwitz-Birkenau former concentration camp, Poland

New life grows from the soil at Auschwitz-Birkenau former concentration camp, Poland © Lee Karen Stow

December 2014

December 2014

To the memory of my Dad

Allan John Stow

To the memory of my Dad, Allan John Stow

November 2014

I Remember Postcard LO RES

Portraits and Poems – Women and War

By Lee Karen Stow

Exhibition 1 to 30 November, 2014 at The Space, Hull Central Library, Hull, UK

November 2014

November 2014

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By Lee Karen Stow

The poppy grows and survives where everything else has been destroyed.

The poppy grows tall when its seed, often dormant for years, is exposed to light due to great upheaval.

The poppy refuses to disappear, no matter how many times it is uprooted.

Exhibition opens Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK

8 November to December 31, 2014

War, 2014  © Lee Karen Stow

War, 2014 © Lee Karen Stow


Commemorating those who suffered has become a legacy of the First World War. During the centenary years we also remember the famous war poem In Flanders Field, written by Lieutenant Colonel John Alexander McCrae in 1915. Largely forgotten is the moment in 1918 when, inspired by this poem, American woman Moina Belle Michael conceived of the poppy flower as a blood red symbol in silk to forever remember the victims of war.

Poppies (Women and War) remembers more women in times of war, from the First World War to the present day. It combines a portrait series of women whose lives have been affected by war with a botanical series of the red poppy flower (Papaver rhoeas) in its natural environment. For the red poppy despite its delicate appearance, is able to generate new life when everything else has been destroyed, as is the orange poppy, the yellow poppy, the pink and the burgundy poppy, included here to represent women worldwide caught up in war. The white poppy too, while rare it flourishes if we look for it hard enough. In the 1930s this poppy was also immortalised in silk, by women, as a symbol of peace.

January 2014

Poppies & Postcards

By Lee Karen Stow

Exhibition: The Ropewalk Gallery, Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire

Feb 22 to April 6

http://www.the-ropewalk.co.uk/

Poppy © Lee Karen Stow

Poppy © Lee Karen Stow


During WWI, the postcard industry reached its peak, as thousands of soldiers on the battlefields of Western Europe sent postcards to mothers, wives, sweathearts and friends back home, and postcards with messages of love and support were sent from home to the frontlines.

Lee Karen Stow brings together postcard-sized botanical images of the common cornflower poppy with a series of WWI original postcards exploring the roles of women during four years of conflict, after which the accepted perception of what women were capable of changed irrevocably.

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Poppies & Postcards forms part of Stow’s major documentary project Poppies (Women and War) sponsored by Arts Council England which tells the stories of women affected by and involved in wars and conflicts, from WWI to the present day.

December 2013

December 2013

A heartbroken tribute to Raymond Kamara, age five, who has died of malaria, in Sierra Leone. The only child of Rebecca, and also my godson. ‘Little Ray 0f Light’ you taught us so much, yet we have so much more to learn. With hope for the future of Africa’s children,

Auntie Lee x

Raymond

September

September/October 2013

We welcome Gladys Cole on her third visit to the region for October’s Black History Month. As guest of Women with Cameras and The Freetown Society, Gladys will be doing all sorts, from work experience with Hull City Council, delivering school and community talks in conjunction with (WISE) Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation and a one-off presentation at Creation Fine Arts in Beverley on the subject ‘Fabrics of Freetown’. Gladys has just completed her final year studying for a degree in Public Sector Management in Freetown, having worked extremely hard in quite challenging conditions. She’ll be heading up to the Yorkshire Dales towards the end of her visit, to establish further cultural and friendship links, and somewhere in her busy schedule she’ll be pampered with good food and cakes which she loves. We’re having a few socials of jollof rice and music, in celebration of Freetown Day, so get in touch if you want to come along. A huge thank you to everyone who has helped raise funds and sent donations to make Gladys’ visit possible and to help continue our work with the women in Sierra Leone. Your support and kindness is tremendous.

Gladys Cole by Lee Karen Stow

Gladys Cole by Lee Karen Stow

August 2013

New body of work, opens August at The Treasure House Art Gallery, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, UK

New body of work, opens August at The Treasure House Art Gallery, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, UK

August 2013