14-18 NOW - WW1 Centenary Art Commissions

14–18 NOW. WWI centenary art commissions

Extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War

FIVE-YEAR PROGRAMME OF ARTS EVENTS COMES TO A CLOSE 35 million people engage with 14-18 NOW

Over the past 5 years, an incredible 35 million people have engaged with the First World War through the 14-18 NOW programme of extraordinary arts experiences.

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This Spring, a new book will be released that shines new light on our five-year programme. The book will include hundreds of full colour photographs documenting each of our commissions alongside essays.

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Votes for Women 100 Years On

DJ and Radio presenter Jamz Supernova talks to some of the artists involved in 14-18 NOW commissions showcasing women’s voices 100 years after the Representation of the People Act which gave some women the right to vote.

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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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Ben Zand Presents What Would You Die For?

Film and documentary maker Ben Zand spoke to some of the artists and creatives involved with 14-18 NOW 2018 season to look at conscription and whether our sense of patriotism has changed 100 years on from the end of the war.

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Historian David Olusoga Presents Africa and War

Historian David Olusoga meets William Kentridge, John Akomfrah and the cast and creatives behind SS Mendi Dancing the Death Drill to bring to light the untold stories of Africa and War. By the end of the First World War, over 100 countries were involved in combat. From the Caribbean to East Africa, USA to India, our 2018 season brings some of the cultures and identities whose wartime stories have often gone unheard.

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Bob & Roberta Smith Make Art Not War

Leading contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith invites students nationwide to make new work in response to the bold provocation, What does peace mean to you?

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John Akomfrah presents Mimesis: 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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Until May 2019, Flow Separation, designed by artist Tauba Auerbach and co-commissioned with Public Art Fund, will be docked at various locations around the New York Harbour and making free trips along the waterways for members of the public throughout the summer and early autumn.

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