If you wander down to 133 Sidney Grove in Newcastle you will find a microcosm of the everyday, often unacknowledged, battles that women of Britain faced during time of conflict in the form of Bobby Baker’s art installation: ‘Bobby Baker’s Great & Tiny War’.
Baker has created an immersive multi-media art installation that explores and shares real stories of domestic women during wartime and how war throughout the last century has impacted the British home life.
With this exhibition, she wanted to shine a light on the domestic work of women that she felt is rarely represented in depictions of wartime; in her own words, her work: “celebrates this overlooked aspect of everyday life, and the strength of women and families in caring for those traumatised by war”.
Baker also explores other emotive aspects of home life during the war including correspondence between mother and son where she considers what she would have written and sent to her own son, had he been on the front line.
In this remarkable exhibition, you will find yourself guided by the voice of Baker as she welcomes you and takes you from room to room, telling stories and experiences that juxtapose everyday life with the jarring nature of war but will resonate with every visitor to the extraordinary house.
Bobby Baker’s Great & Tiny War is on display at 133 Sidney Grove, Arthur’s Hill, Newcastle NE4 5PE until Wednesday 28th November. Tickets, priced from £4.00, are available from wunderbar.org.uk/greattinywar.