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)
Dover Museums & Arts Group (DMAG) and Dover Arts Development (DAD) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded funding by Arts Council England and Kent County Council for a new project. Codename: Joined Up is the first project of the recently formed Dover Museums & Arts Group and total funding for the project amounts to around £90,000.
The two-year project will help the museums and heritage venues in the district enhance their online presence, boost visitor numbers and diversity and support new ways of interpreting their World War I collections in particular, by commissioning artists to work with each museum. The artists will respond to the collection in “their museum” and produce an inspirational resource for museum visitors. There will also be free bunting making and drawing workshops, which will be open to the general public.
Clare Smith, DAD director said “We are particularly pleased that many of the artists are young or emerging artists who have chosen to stay in East Kent after graduating”
Joanna Jones, DAD director said “We are delighted to be bringing artists together with such an exciting group of museum and heritage sites in Dover District“
Andrew Morgan from Dover Transport Museum said “We are looking forward to welcoming new visitors to the museum through this project.”
The museums and heritage venues taking part in the project are:
- Dover Museum
- Dover Transport Museum
- Deal Maritime Museum (tbc)
- Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment and Queen’s Regiment Museum
- Western Heights Preservation Society
- White Mill Folk Museum Trust
- St Margaret’s History Society
- St Margaret’s Museum
- East Kent Railway
- Kent Coalfield Heritage
- Sandwich Guildhall
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.