Imperial War Museum
14–18 NOW is commissioning leading artists to create new work as part of the UK’s First World War centenary commemorations.
Musicians, writers, painters, photographers, theatre directors, film-makers, digital designers, composers, poets, choreographers and more will be invited to look afresh at the First World War and what its many stories reveal about the world we live in today.
The work will be presented in three distinct seasons: the first of these will commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War and will run from June to August 2014.
Campaign or initiative
- 15 July 2014 — 31 January 2015 *on now
The new painted design for HMS President created by German sculptor Tobias Rehberger takes as its inspiration from the famous glaring colours and jagged lines of the ‘dazzle’ camouflage, designed to confuse enemy U-boat captains. The geometrically patterned boats would have been a familiar sight during the First World War, when hundreds of shipping convoys sailed to and from Britain’s ports. This newly painted, eye-catching vessel reminds Londoner’s and visitors alike of the crucial role ships played in the country's wartime survival, and is an unmissable homage to artists' contribution to wartime heritage.
- Family friendly
HMS President (1914)
View the ship from Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges, from Victoria Embankment and from the Thames Path on the south side of the river. Nearest National Rail station is Blackfriars. Nearest tubes are Temple and Blackfriars.
Memories of August 1914
- 23 — 27 July 2014 *on now
Liverpool hosts one of the most astonishing events of the 2014 centenary when it welcomes Giants onto its streets in a city-wide spectacular stretching across five uninterrupted days.
The world-renowned street theatre company Royal de Luxe retells the story of the famous Liverpool Pals Battalions, the young men who volunteered alongside their next-door neighbours, family members and friends to fight for Britain on the battlefields of Europe. Giants including the Little Girl, much missed since her previous visit to Liverpool, and her pet dog Xolo will roam the city, drawing crowds into its ranks wherever it ventures.
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Liverpool City Council.
When the Giants last visited the city in 2012, to mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, 800,000 people came out to see them. This summer they return to recall the fevered atmosphere of those early months of the war, and to honour a courageous generation of Liverpudlians.
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Various locations throughout Liverpool
LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER
- 28 June — 4 August 2014 *on now
On Platform One of Paddington Station in London, there is a statue of an unknown soldier; he’s reading a letter.
On the hundredth anniversary of the declaration of war – in this year crowded with official remembrance and ceremony – we’re inviting everyone in the country to pause, take a moment or two, and write that letter.
All of the letters that the soldier receives will be published for everyone to read.
Please add your voice to the project.
Letters can be read and submitted via 1418NOW.org.uk
- Any age
- 4 August 2014 10-11pm
At 11pm on 4 August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany, ushering in one of the darkest periods in our history. As the moment approached, the British Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey made the famous remark: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.
On 4 August 2014, people all over the UK will be invited to mark the moment our world changed forever. Lights Out is an invitation to everyone to turn out their lights, and leave on a single light, for a collective moment of reflection. 14-18 NOW will commission artists to design special digital light-works that people can download, as well as site-specific, large-scale works at locations across the UK.
More will be revealed in the coming months.
- Any age