Flowers of War

This exhibition is no longer on display at the Museum.

A collaborative work, Flowers of War is inspired by World War One stories and artefacts gathered from local communities and museums.

IMG 1522 01 detailEach element of the work is an enamelled wearable brooch, either a leaf or a flower associated with sites of the Great War or memories of the home front. The objects adorn a large steel wreath.

The wreath is a work in progress. People can contribute to the wreath by uploading images of artefacts and memories to an existing World War One website and sending the link to the artists at (until July 2018).

Museum visitors also have the chance to create a flower of war between 22 and 25 April and 3 and 4 June when the artists – Kirsten Haydon, Elizabeth Turrell and Neal Haslem – will be in the exhibition gallery. The artists will answer questions about the work and the processes used to make the individual forms.

The exhibition at Canterbury Museum presents the wreath for the first time. It will be displayed in other locations in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom over the next two years inspiring the creation of more objects.


Kirsten Haydon is a silversmith and artist from Auckland. She has exhibited widely since 1998 and her works are found in local and international collections.

From the UK, Elizabeth Turrell is an enamellist who trained at the Central School of Art & Design in London. She has exhibited and lectured all over the world.

Neal Haslem is a member of the community arts group stART Community Art in Australia and has been involved in collaborative art exhibitions in Australia, the Kiribati Islands and North America.

This project is supported by the WW1 Co-Commissioning Fund Creative New Zealand.

This exhibition is no longer on display at the Museum.
22 April – 4 June 2017
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