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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)

Great discussions had at the Imperial War Museum’s FWW ‘Lessons Learned’ Partnership Meeting

FWW_Centenary__Led_By_IWM_Red rgbOn the 23rd October 2014 IWM led a Partnership meeting at Chatham Historic Dockyard for members in the South East.

Presenters and participants were encouraged to critically reflect on their First World War Centenary projects so far and look forward into 2015 and beyond; pondering on things they would have changed with project or would have done differently, and discussing how projects are being evaluated.  Participants shared what they felt were their biggest challenges but also reflected on what their most successful outcomes or aspects of the project have been.

The key findings taken from the meeting can be downloaded by 1914 Partnership members through logging into the Centenary Partnership Programme website.

‘All Together Now’ by Peace Collective played at Wembley (money raised goes to The Shorncliffe Trust)


Twice a top five hit for The Farm in 1990 and in 2004, ‘All Together Now’ has been re-recorded by a host of music stars to mark the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Day Truce during World War One, the events of which inspired the song.  The single received it’s first playing at the Women’s England versus Germany match this weekend at Wembley in front of a sell-out crowd.  Find out who features on the single on The FA website or read more on the BBC website.

All profits from the release on 15 December will go to the British Red Cross and the Shorncliffe Trust in Kent.

The Shorncliffe Trust are also working with UEFA on their Christmas truce memorial at Plug Street, Belgium this December with members of the team setting up the WW1 hospital as part of the visitor experience over the weeke#alltogethernownd before Christmas.

Commemorate the WW1 centenary through music with The Last Post project

lastpostSuperact is recruiting community organisations across the UK to take part in The Last Post project this November.

Inspiring people of all ages to come together to explore their First World War heritage, The Last Post project gives communities the chance to remember the impact World War One had on their area and to play   music from the era as a mark of commemoration.

At every event around the country, the Last Post will be played in a variety of styles to remember someone in the community; not just on bugles but on any instrument from pianos and cellos to guitars and drums.

Last Post events this year will take place across the UK from 4th to 18th November 2014 as part of a ‘Last Post fortnight’.

To get involved and organise a Last Post event, community organisations and groups across the country can register for free now on The Last Post website to receive a toolkit, a WW1 songbook, training sessions and cash expenses to cover event costs.

Explaining the importance of the HLF support for the project, Carole Souter, Heritage Lottery Fund Chief Executive stated: “This nationwide project will reach out to new audiences for heritage and help local communities explore and understand their First World War stories in an imaginative way.”

Dr Emma Hanna, of the University of Greenwich, is the Historical Adviser for The Last Post project, providing historical information on the music and memory of the First World War. Dr Hanna is a member of the Gateways to the First World War public engagement centre based at the University of Kent. Gateways has also provided support for The Last Post’s training and information programme, and we are keen to talk to other groups about how we might be able to help with centenary projects. Please contact us at gateways@kent.ac.uk for more information or visit our website.

For more information about The Last Post project visit www.thelastpostproject.org.uk.

Gateways to the First World War – regional schedule of events

GatewaysFWW_logo‘Gateways to the First World War’ is one of five Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded centres designed to enhance public engagement to mark the centenary of the conflict.

One of the key aims of the Gateways project is to encourage academics and the wider public to work together to discover connections between the local and the global during the First World War.

Find out more about the project here.

The Gateways team are running regular events to provide information, support and publicity to First World War commemorative activities.  Take a look at what is planned so far:

Sunday 28th September 2014

Open Day, National Maritime Museum

Tuesday 11th November 2014

‘Well-Remembered Voices’: Symposium & Play Readings, The Marlowe Studio, Canterbury

Friday 12th December 2014

One day symposium on the Christmas Truce at University of Kent (aimed at general informed audience, A Level students, etc.)

2015 Study Days x4

  • UK Military ancestors (Wed 25th Feb 2015) – University of Kent
  • German and Austrian experience of the First World War (Friday 20th March – date tbc) – University of Kent
  • UK non-combatant services (Society of Friends, YMCA, Nurses, Chaplains) (Friday 26th June – date tbc)
  • Home Front (Friday 20th November – date tbc)

Saturday 18th April 2015 (date tbc)

Family Day in association with the Royal Engineers

25th September 2015

Currently planning to develop an event to commemorate the centenary

Summer 2016

Performing the War conference.

Other events that may be of interest:

Thursday 16th October – ‘Catastrophe 1914: incident, error, design or none of the above’, talk by Professor Richard Langhorne University of Kent, Canterbury Campus



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.

Successful networking at FWW in Kent & Medway update session

The Museum Development Programme for Kent & Medway held a successful First World War update session at the Royal Engineers Museum, Library & Archive on Monday 4th November.

The session was attended by over 50 people from various museums, heritage, and arts groups and organisations.  Speakers included the Shorncliffe Trust, the Western Front Association, the Kent Lieutenancy, the South East Grid for Learning Associates, the War Memorials Trust, Viola Films, the National Children’s Football Alliance, Kent County Council, Screen South, HLF and the Imperial War Museum.

It was a great opportunity to hear about the various plans and projects that are taking place in the county, and further afield – there is plenty going on and many ways for groups and organisations to get involved.

To see the notes of the session, click the link below.  Copies of the speaker’s presentations and other supporting information can be viewed below:

To keep in touch with others in Kent & Medway about the FWW, why not sign up to our GoogleGroup?

Don’t forget to sign up to the Imperial War Museum’s FWW Centenary Partnership Programme to gain access to a wealth of support and resources all free to use.