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JEREMY DELLER

we’re here because we’re here

With Rufus Norris UK-WIDE

Image credit: 'we're here because we're here' conceived and created by Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, photo by Eoin Carey


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.


On 1 July 2016, thousands of volunteers took part in a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. we’re here because we’re here saw around 1,400 voluntary participants dressed in First World War uniform appear unexpectedly in locations across the UK. ‘we’re here because we’re here’ was a UK-wide event 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, in collaboration with 27 organisations.

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

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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