A display of up to 90 colourful six foot high flags, decorated with batik designs, will be on show on the South Lawn at Lacock Abbey, near Chippenham, from Saturday 8 to Sunday 16 September.
The impressive banners have been created by women living in the villages and Army bases around Salisbury Plain.
The unique project, called ‘Anything But Plain, Darling!’ has focused on civilian-Army relations in the area.
Organiser, Alex Grant from Salisbury-based charity Circular Arts said: “This has been a wonderful opportunity for women from the forces community to come together with those from the rural area around the Plain, and take part in a high-profile arts event.”
Susi, a forces wife living in Shrewton, felt that Anything But Plain, Darling! was something worth being part of. She said: “I don’t get much of a chance to do anything just for me at the moment, with George away and the kids always around, but I found space to get involved in this.”
Circular Arts have recently organised some stunning displays of batik flags in front of Salisbury Cathedral and at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire.
National Trust staff at Lacock Abbey are looking forward to seeing their immaculate lawn transformed by the flags.
‘This is going to be a wonderful sight’, said Rachael Holtom, Visitor Experience Officer, ‘The flags will light up the front of the Abbey and provide a marvellous opportunity for interaction, as you wonder in and around the flags and admire the artwork. It should be a great photo opportunity.
‘We are especially pleased to be hosting a community arts project and that Circular Arts invited one of our local clubs, the Lacock Evergreens to take part’.
The installation coincides with Heritage Open Day on 8 September, when Lacock Abbey participates in the free admission scheme to many fascinating properties. At other times, normal admission fees apply with free entry for NT members and under fives.
For more information please call 01249 730459 or www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock