14-18 NOW - WW1 Centenary Art Commissions

14–18 NOW. WWI centenary art commissions

Extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War

13 April - 24 June Poppies: Wave opens at Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson

Artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper unveil the first location for Wave at the Royal Armouries in Fort Nelson. Free to view until 24 June #PoppiesTour

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Gillian Wearing MILLICENT FAWCETT STATUE TO BE UNVEILED IN PARLIAMENT SQUARE

Gillian Wearing’s statue of Millicent Fawcett will be unveiled on 24 April – the first statue of a woman to be installed in Parliament Square

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What is 14–18 NOW?

14-18 NOW is a five-year programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. Working with partners all across the UK, we commission new artworks from leading contemporary artists, musicians, designers and performers, inspired by the period 1914-18.

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Poppies: Weeping Window in Hereford

Hereford Cathedral is hosting Weeping Window until 29 April, the first location of the Poppies Tour this year.

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PROCESSIONS

14-18 NOW and Artichoke invite women* and girls across the UK to join this major mass-participation artwork celebrating 100 years since women won the vote.

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ON-SALE NOW AT THE ROYAL COURT DEBRIS STEVENSON NEW GRIME POETRY SHOW

Hear from Deborah 'Debris' Stevenson on the motivation behind her brand new work.

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Tauba Auerbach DAZZLE SHIP NEW YORK ARTIST ANNOUNCED

New York based artist Tauba Auerbach will “dazzle” an iconic New York fireboat, docked at various locations around the New York Harbor throughout the summer and early autumn.

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Traces of the Great War Comic Book Artists illustrate the first world war

Artists Charlie Adlard and Robbie Morrison discuss this ambitious, international anthology.

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The Head and the Load by William Kentridge

14-18 NOW LAUNCHES 2018 SEASON

Our final season is inspired by themes including votes for women, the war’s global impact, Armistice and the aftermath of war by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists.

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WATCH MARC REES REFLECT ON HIS WW1 BATTLEFIELDS VISIT

Marc Rees’ reflects on his recent tour of the WWl Battlefields in Flanders, led by Sir Anthony Seldon and Simon Jones.

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John Akomfrah presents African Soldier

One of the country’s most celebrated filmmakers remembers the millions of Africans who fought as soldiers or served as porters during the war.

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Shobana Jeyasingh Powerful new work inspired by Spanish Flu

Listen as Shobana Jeyasingh discusses her innovative approach to realising the Spanish Flu.

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Artist Christine Borland on upcoming Kelvingrove exhibition

Learn about Christine Borland's artistic process from this short film.

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A NEW FILM BY PETER JACKSON

A landmark in cinema history, transformed for today’s audience. Peter Jackson directs a new colourised film using archive footage to portray the war like never before.

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100 years of votes for women

100 years ago today, following years of struggle, (some) women finally gained the right to vote.

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100 years since Armistice

11 November 2018 will mark 100 years since the war ended. Many of our commissions commemorate the reactions to this landmark date across the UK.

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New Work by William Kentridge premieres at Tate Modern

View extracts of William Kentridge's recent workshops in South Africa for his most ambitious work to date.

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DANNY BOYLE ARMISTICE

The brilliant British director invites communities across the UK to come together in marking 100 years since the Armistice and the end of the war.

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BY PAUL CUMMINS ARTIST & TOM PIPER DESIGNER POPPIES: WAVE AND WEEPING WINDOW 2018

Since 2015, more than 3.5 million people in 13 locations have seen the iconic sculptures Poppies: Wave and Weeping Window on tour across the UK. 2018 marks the end of the Poppies Tour visiting Hereford, Fort Nelson, Carlisle, Stoke-on-Trent. The tour concludes at IWM London and IWM North, before the works become part of Imperial War Museums’ collection.

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14-18 NOW commemorates 100 years of Votes for Women

In February 1918, the first women in the UK were given the right to vote. Many of our projects this season focuses on the fight that gave women this fundamental right.

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The World at War

Our 2018 season spotlights the experiences of people from nations whose wartime stories have often gone unheard.

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