Katrina Palmer: The Coffin Jump
16 June 2018 – 16 June 2019
Free to all
This installation commemorates the role of an extraordinary group of women in the First World War – whose legacy continues to be powerfully independent and transformative.
Co-commissioned by Yorkshire Sculpture Park and 14-18 NOW, and made possible with Art Fund support, this installation by contemporary artist Katrina Palmer commemorates the remarkable rescue work undertaken by the all-female First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) in the First World War and beyond.
Founded in 1907 and originally conceived as being on horseback, the service was emblematic of women’s transformed roles during the war and has since been deployed during the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, as well as the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. It is now the longest-established uniformed 'military' voluntary organisation for women in the world.
Commemorating the organisation’s historic and empowering work, The Coffin Jump consists of a hand-painted horse jump with trench, occasionally activated by a horse and local rider who will gallop across the Park and make the jump.