23rd Jan, 2017

Leamington's Pump Rooms set to be 'yarn bombed'

Leamington Editorial 6th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE COLUMNS of Leamington’s Pump Room are set for a woolly makeover as part of a war exhibition.

Concealment and Deception at Leamington Art Gallery & Museum will tell the story of the camouflage unit which was based in the town during the Second World War.

The exhibition focuses on the work of the camouflage staff, often known as camoufleurs, against the backdrop of life on the Home Front.

And to celebrate the exhibition, two of the columns at the front of the historic building will be ‘yarn bombed’ – covered in knitted sleeves – this summer.

One column will be yarn bombed with white, blue and grey shades to represent water the North Atlantic and ship camouflage as well as the River Leam.

The other will be done in earthy tones to represent Northern European camouflage and the Pump Room Gardens.

Leamington University of the 3rd Age Knitting Group – The Woolpack has agreed to give free knitting sessions over the coming months ahead of the exhibition’s launch so people can create knitted graffiti artwork for the columns.

Anyone is welcome to attend the sessions, which will take place at the art gallery and museum from 2pm to 4pm on May 7 and 21, June 4 and 11, and July 2 and 9.

A series of events and activities in the town have also been organised by Leamington Camouflage 2016.

Visit http://leamington-camo.co.uk for further information.