WE'RE HERE BECAUSE WE'RE HERE EXHIBITION - 14-18 NOW

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JEREMY DELLER

WE'RE HERE BECAUSE WE'RE HERE EXHIBITION

3 March 2017 - 14 April 2018

UK-WIDE

Free

Image credit: Johnny Frazer

WE'RE HERE BECAUSE WE'RE HERE EXHIBITION

Image credit: Johnny Frazer

14-18 NOW and the National Theatre present an exhibition at theatres and venues across the UK that tells the story of the contemporary memorial We’re here because we’re here created by Jeremy Deller. ‘We’re here because we’re here’ took place on 1 July 2016 when more than 1400 voluntary participants in First World War uniform appeared unexpectedly in locations across the UK. The participants were a reminder of the 19,240 men who were killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Each participant represented an individual soldier who was killed on that day.

The exhibition will tell the story of the project through images of the volunteers from across the UK and BBC documentary charting the making of the project.

Northern Stage, Newcastle: 3 – 17 March 2017
Royal Exchange, Manchester: 23 March – 19 April 2017
National Theatre Wales offices: 4 – 21 April 2017
Curve Theatre, Leicester: 27 April – May 6 2017
Pontio, Bangor: 10 – 29 May 2017
Volcano, Swansea: 11 – 24 May 2017
Birmingham Rep: 7 June – 20 July 2017
National Theatre London: 1 June – 31 August 2017
National Theatre of Scotland, Rockvilla: 16 September 2017
Derry Playhouse: 7 – 27 September 2017
Salisbury Playhouse: 4 – 26 October 2017
Theatre Royal Plymouth: 6 – 25 November 2017
Aberystwyth Arts Centre: 20 January – 14 April 2018

Created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, ‘We’re here because we’re here’ reached over 30 million people across the UK.

See the full story here with images and videos captured throughout the day


Limited Edition by Jeremy Deller is available to purchase via our friends at the Imperial War Museum – click for more information.

Jeremy Deller publishes a new artist’s book about We’re here because we’re here click for more information.


Commissioned by 14-18 NOW. Conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre. Produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre with Lyric Theatre Belfast, Manchester Royal Exchange, National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre Wales, Northern Stage, Playhouse Derry-Londonderry, Salisbury Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres and Theatre Royal Plymouth.

The project was supported by:
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, The Belgrade Theatre, Birmingham Metropolitan Academy of Performing Arts, Bolton Octagon, Bristol Old Vic, Storyhouse, Left Coast, Leicester Curve, Nuffield Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, Pontio, Shetland Arts, The Garrick Lichfield and Volcano.

Media partner: BBC

‘we’re here because we’re here’ was made possible by an Ambition for Excellence Award from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, with additional support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Creative Scotland and Art Fund. 14-18 NOW is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

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