14-18 NOW

14-18 NOW

14-18 NOW is a programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. The programme takes place from 2014 to 2018 and is timed to mark the centenary of the war, which raged across Europe, Asia and Africa from 1914 to 1918.

14-18 NOW commissions artists from all art forms to look afresh at this conflict and create shared experiences exploring this significant moment in time, working with cultural organisations across the UK to commission new art, theatre, film, dance, digital, music, poetry and mass-participation events.

The organisation firmly believes in the transformative power of the arts to bring the stories of the First World War to life. Perceptions of the war have been shaped by the artists of the time, including poets, painters, photographers and film-makers – many of whom served and who reflected on the war and its effects. One hundred years later, today’s artists are opening up new perspectives on the present as well as the past.

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End of Empire, by Yinka Shonibare MBE

End of Empire by Yinka Shonibare MBE at Turner Contemporary

  • 22 March — 30 October 2016 *on now

Shonibare’s new work features two of his signature figures attired in African fabrics, their globe-heads highlighting the countries involved in WW1. Offering a metaphor for dialogue, balance and conflict, the entire work pivots almost imperceptibly in the gallery space, symbolising the possibility of compromise and resolution between two opposing forces.

How has immigration contributed to the British culture in which we live today? How have immigrants shaped what it means to be British? These are the questions Shonibare asks in The British Library, a sculptural work presented alongside End of Empire at Turner Contemporary. Shelves of books, many bearing the name of an immigrant who has enriched our society (from TS Eliot to Zaha Hadid), remind us that the displacement of communities by global war has consequences that inform our lives and attitudes today.

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Turner Contemporary.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Turner Contemporary
Rendezvous
Margate
Kent
CT9 1HG

Website

https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/end-of-empire/

Image: Film still from 'First' by Luke Snellin (2016)

Fashion & Freedom at Manchester Art Gallery

  • 13 May — 27 November 2016 *on now

One of the most radical changes at home during the war was the huge change in women’s lives and work. With the men away fighting, more than one million women went to work for the first time during the war years – in munitions factories and on the buses, driving ambulances and even ‘manning’ the London Underground. These new responsibilities gave women new freedoms – and they also led to a new look, as tight corsets and heavy skirts were replaced by more natural and fluid silhouettes. A century later, this era has inspired Fashion & Freedom, an ambitious, multi-faceted exhibition that examines the fashion legacy of the First World War for the 21st century.

From the doyenne of British fashion, Vivienne Westwood, to Belgrade-born, London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic and rising star J JS Lee, leading female fashion designers are creating contemporary pieces inspired by the profound changes in women’s dress that occurred during the First World War. These exclusive designs are being presented in an exhibition alongside historic wartime selections drawn from Manchester Art Gallery’s renowned costume collection.

A series of specially commissioned original short films complement the garments on display, including films by directors from Nick Knight’s award-winning SHOWstudio, who pioneered fashion film online. Luke Snellin has written and directed first, which reimagines a young woman’s first day at work as a bus conductor, with uniforms designed by Manchester fashion label Private White V.C. The films will be shown in the Gallery and across digital screens in Manchester, as well as online.

Fashion & Freedom also showcases the next generation of fashion talent through contributions from students at five British fashion colleges, working to the First World War-influenced theme of Restriction and Release. The new designs, the films and the students’ contributions combine to bring a modern-day sensibility to the fashions of this landmark era in women’s history.

Darrell Vydelingum is the Creative Director of Fashion & Freedom.
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Manchester Art Gallery, supported by the British Fashion Council

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester
London
M2 3JL

Website

https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/fashion-freedom/

Poppies: Wave and Weeping Window

Poppies: Wave at Lincoln Castle

  • 28 May — 4 September 2016 *on now

Poppies: Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high point to the ground below. This breath-taking sculpture was initially conceived as one of the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. By artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, Poppies: Weeping Window is now being brought to audiences at venues across the country as part of the 14-18 NOW programme. As with all 14-18 NOW projects, the presentation of these sculptures to new audiences across the United Kingdom aims to prompt a new, nationwide dialogue around the legacy of the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Lincoln Castle
Castle Square
Lincoln
LN1 3AA

Website

https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/poppies/2016locations/

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Shelter by Anne Tallentire at Nerve Centre

  • 1 June — 31 July 2016 *on now

The upheavals of the First World War find an echo in the refugee crisis now taking place in Europe. The mass mobilisation of troops stationed across the continent 100 years ago left an architectural legacy: the Nissen hut, the familiar curved structure we associate with barracks, refugee camps and internment blocks, was invented by a British Army officer in 1916 to house soldiers and supplies.

Now Irish artist Anne Tallentire explores the Nissen hut in the context of a new humanitarian crisis. Shelter connects local history, global news, and technological innovation. The project is founded on research conducted by Tallentire in collaboration with archivists and historians, to which the artist will respond with a range of media, including drawing, montage, photography and film. You are invited to visit her as she works at an open studio in Building Eighty81, itself a former army barracks in Derry-Londonderry.

To conclude Shelter, Tallentire will work with architects, activists and community volunteers to produce structural templates concerned with living, moving and thinking. The final work, reflecting the artist’s longstanding interest in cultural displacement and conditions of daily life, will be constructed and exhibited in outdoor public spaces on Ebrington Square in Derry-Londonderry, at the Ulster Museum in Belfast, and in Limerick.

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Nerve Centre

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Nerve Centre
7-8 Magazine Street
Derry-Londonderry
BT48 6HJ

Website

https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/shelter-2/

Poppies: Wave and Weeping Window

Poppies: Weeping Window at The Black Watch Museum

  • 30 June — 25 September 2016 *on now

Poppies: Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high point to the ground below. This breath-taking sculpture was initially conceived as one of the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. By artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, Poppies: Weeping Window is now being brought to audiences at venues across the country as part of the 14-18 NOW programme. As with all 14-18 NOW projects, the presentation of these sculptures to new audiences across the United Kingdom aims to prompt a new, nationwide dialogue around the legacy of the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

The Black Watch Museum
Balhousie Castle, Hay Street
Perth
PH1 5HR
Scotland

Website

https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/poppies/2016locations/

Poppies: Wave and Weeping Window

Poppies: Weeping Window at Caernarfon Castle

  • 11 October — 20 November 2016

Poppies: Weeping Window is a cascade comprising several thousand handmade ceramic poppies seen pouring from a high point to the ground below. This breath-taking sculpture was initially conceived as one of the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. By artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, Poppies: Weeping Window is now being brought to audiences at venues across the country as part of the 14-18 NOW programme. As with all 14-18 NOW projects, the presentation of these sculptures to new audiences across the United Kingdom aims to prompt a new, nationwide dialogue around the legacy of the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Caernarfon Castle
Castle Ditch
Caernarfon
Gwynedd
LL55 2AY
Wales

Website

https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/poppies/2016locations/

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Asunder by Bob Stanley at Sunderland Empire

  • 10 July 2016

In July one hundred years ago, British, French and German forces began one of the most traumatic battles in military history. Over the course of just four months in 1916, more than one million soldiers were captured, wounded or killed in the Battle of the Somme, a confrontation of unimaginable horror. This ambitious new event explores the legacy of the Somme through the prism of a single city – Sunderland.

Esther Johnson’s film uses local archive footage to convey the story of the city’s involvement in the First World War, from the men who fought in the fields to those who stayed behind to work in the region’s shipyards and munitions factories. The soundtrack to the film is being created by two renowned North East bands, Sunderland’s Field Music and Newcastle’s Warm Digits, who will perform live with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Guided by writer and musician Bob Stanley, Asunder receives its world premiere at a major event in Sunderland close to the 100th anniversary of the battle’s first salvos.

‘The performance will be alluring, poetic and political. I want everyone who sees it to take pride in the region’s unique history and to feel they can help to build its future.’
Bob Stanley, Creative Producer

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Sunderland Cultural Partnership.

Where

Sunderland Empire
High West Street
Sunderland
SR1 3EX

Admission

Tickets from £12, transaction/booking fees applicable

Website

https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/asunder/

14-18 NOW
Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road
London
SE1 6HZ
England

Website

www.1418NOW.org.uk

E-mail

info@1418now.org.uk

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