Poppy making workshop at Isa Street Festival

There will be a poppy making workshop at the Isa Street Festival.
There will be a poppy making workshop at the Isa Street Festival.

Poppy making workshops at the Isa Street Festival will contribute to a statewide Armistice Centenary art project

Queensland Advisory Committee for the Commemoration of the Anzac Centenary Vice Chair Colonel Christopher Austin says while participating in a day of fun on Wednesday, Mount Isa residents are encouraged to drop into the Queensland Armistice Centenary stall between 5pm-10pm to create their very own poppy and contribute to the statewide remembrance art installation.

“Through this project, the Queensland community will come together to create at least 57,705 individual poppies to reflect the same number of Queenslanders who enlisted in the First World War,” Colonel Austin said.

Handmade poppies collected between now and September will be placed inside eight acrylic letters that spell REMEMBER, with the completed artwork standing three metres high and over 16 metres in length.

From October, the completed artwork will tour Townsville, Mackay, Longreach and Bundaberg before being on display in Brisbane ahead of Remembrance Day on November 11.

Colonel Austin says the poppy making workshop will be a wonderful opportunity for the Mount Isa community to contribute to the important Armistice Centenary project.

“The Armistice Centenary marks an important anniversary and Mt Isa’s contributions to this commemorative Armistice project will be greatly valued; every poppy counts”, he said.

“You can also order a poppy making kit from the Armistice Centenary website to host your own poppy making workshop and call on your friends, social club, school or colleagues to contribute to this significant commemorative art installation.”

For those who can’t make it to the Isa Street Festival but would still like to participate, head online to see how you can get involved.”

A number of other Armistice Centenary activities are being held across the state, including choral concerts, coordinated community commemorations, illuminations and digital projections.

Visit qld.gov.au/remembranceday to request a poppy making kit, discover all poppy making workshops around the state and find out more about the Armistice Centenary public art project and associated commemorations.