Venues can apply to host First World War tributes

The ‘Wave’ at the Tower of London Credit: PA

Venues across Wales are being encouraged to bid to host the Tower of London Poppies.

They were originally installed as part of the commemorations to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

Two parts of the original Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which attracted millions of visitors during its time at the Tower of London, will be displayed at locations across the UK in 2015 and 2016.

The ‘Wave’ and ‘Weeping Window’ have been saved for the nation and now locations across the UK will now be considered to host the two sculptures.

The ‘Weeping Window’ Credit: PA

Having an opportunity to feature the poppies here would be a great addition to the many commemorative events planned and attract many visitors to this stunning commemorative attraction. We have some fantastic venues that would provide an ideal backdrop to this stunning display and I would urge locations across Wales to apply.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism
Yeoman Serjeant Bob Loughlin walking through ceramic poppies Credit: PA

A number of criteria will be considered in choosing the locations, including ability to provide free access to view the work, the appropriate space to install the sculptures, and relevant resonance with the heritage of the First World War.

If you are interested in presenting one of the sculptures please email for an information pack.

For any enquires about the application process please email

The deadline for applications to host the poppies in 2015 is 10am on Monday 22 June. The deadline for applications to host the poppies in 2016 is 10am on Monday 3 August. Expressions of interest to present the poppies in 2017 and 2018 will open in early 2016.