A NEW community exhibition has launched in York to mark the fallen in the First World War.

Tiger Moths and Memory is a joint project between City of York Council’s York Learning and York Art Gallery, and sees hundreds of handmade moths hung up in the museum's project gallery as part of the First World War exhibition Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War.

The project is inspired by the Gypsy Moth and Tiger Moth bi-planes which were created as a result of the conflict, with visual arts classes, community groups and individuals from across York creating their own moth from a medium of their choice and writing a message on its wings to create a display that celebrates the contribution of aviation to the First World War.

Cllr Nigel Ayre, executive member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: "The city’s aviation heritage has inspired residents involved in this community project to share their memories and provide them with a creative outlet. The growing collection of residents’ ‘memory moths’ is a moving and beautiful commemoration of the First World War."

More than 1,500 memory moths have been donated, made from materials including newspapers, plastics, old maps and comics, favourite poems and personal messages.

The exhibition runs until July 31, and donations are still welcome.

*The public can visit the project gallery to make their own memory moths until July 31, and this May half term between May 28 and Jun 5 the Studio at York Art Gallery will be open from 11am for drop-in workshops.