Anne Kinnes, CEO at The Black Watch Castle and Museum was ranked no 4 in the 2016 Impact 100 list; recognised for her part in securing the iconic Poppies: Weeping Window sculpture by Artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper for the city of Perth.
Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies which was seen pouring from the Castle’s turret window onto the ground below. This poignant sculpture and its partner, Wave, are being brought to audiences at venues across the country as part of the 14-18 NOW arts programme.
Anne Kinnes said, “I am delighted and honoured to be awarded such recognition. It came as a complete surprise but a fabulous reward at the end of a very busy year not only for myself but for all the team who were involved in our presenting such an important and evocative event this summer. This was truly a team effort and I am extremely grateful to all who have supported me in the momentous year”.
As the only mainland venue in Scotland to host the poppies, the venue was honoured, through this emotive artwork, to remember the fallen of the First World War, including the near 9,000 Black Watch lives that were lost.
The commemorative sculpture inspired over 120,000 people to visit the Castle and Museum during its three month residency.
The Courier is one of Britain’s biggest regional morning newspapers and is an established title in east central Scotland. Their Impact list is an annual creation that celebrates and recognises those considered to be have made the biggest impression, in courier country, over the past 12 months.