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14-18 NOW seeks proposals for new artistic commissions to mark First World War Centenary

14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, has announced that it is seeking a wide range of new proposals for extraordinary new art commissions to be created in response to the centenary of the First World War.

The search for new proposals follows the success of 14-18 NOW’s first wave of commissions which reached at least 16.7 million people over the eight weeks leading up to 4th August, the centenary of the day Britain entered the First World War.

Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW, said:
‘We have been thrilled by the response of artists and the public to the possibilities offered by the centenary of the First World War.  It is a real opportunity to engage the widest possible range of people in the UK.  To do that successfully we need the widest possible range of proposals from artists, arts and heritage organisations to help us build the most exciting and appealing programme over the coming years.’

The 14-18 NOW programme is funded by £10 million granted from the National Lottery including The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Arts Council England (ACE) which are contributing £5million each.

Submit a proposal here: http://www.1418now.org.uk/proposals/

(Information shared from: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/arts-council-news/14-18-now-seeks-proposals-new-artistic-commissions)

#LightsOut

Spectra-lights-out

Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda’s spectra, is a column of intense white light that punctuates the London sky from sunset until dawn for seven nights only.

“The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime” Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary, August 1914

Everyone in the UK was invited to take part in LIGHTS OUT by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on 4 August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection.

People took part in whatever way they chose, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War either individually or by attending one of the many events being organised around the country for a collective experience.  There were over 1,000 Lights Out moments registered on the 14-18 NOW website.

As well as the national Lights Out moments, four leading international artists were commissioned by 14-18 NOW to create special public artworks, for one night only. Each one has its own unique approach to creating a light source.  Experience the artworks here.

View hundreds of Lights Out moments from across the country by following the Twitter hashtag: #LightsOut.

ACE announce new FWW funding programme

Arts Council England will invest £5 million of Lottery funding into ’14-18 Now: Artists from around the world to mark the First World War Centenary’, their First World War Centenary cultural programme. It will fund special commissions by leading artists from Britain and around the world as part of the UK’s official centenary commemorations.

14-18 Now will co-commission artist-led creations, events and activities across a range of art forms. The programme aims to engage communities all over the UK, with a particular focus on young people. It will also be seeking collaborations and partnerships with the many countries all over the world that took part in the First World War.

To read more, visit the ACE website.