Season 2014 - 14-18 NOW
14-18 NOW / What's On / 2014

2014

Our first season focused on the centenary of the outbreak of war culminating in LIGHTS OUT when 16.7 million people marked the moment that the UK entered the war.

Lights Out

Bedwyr Williams, Bob and Roberta Smith, Nalini Malani, Ryoji Ikeda and Jeremy DellerLights Out

UK-Wide

On 4 August 2014, more than 16 million people around the UK turned off their lights for an hour in a remarkable act of collective reflection.

DAZZLE SHIP LONDON

TOBIAS REHBERGERDAZZLE SHIP LONDON

Free RIVER THAMES, LONDON

14-18 NOW’s Dazzle Ships series gave a striking new look to HMS President, one of just three surviving Royal Navy ships from the First World War.

Charlie Ward

Fuel presents Sound&Fury’sCharlie Ward

London / Sheffield / Leeds

A haunting sound installation inspired by makeshift wartime hospitals on the front line.

Shot at Dawn

Chloe Dewe Mathews Shot at Dawn

TOURING

An immensely moving book and photography exhibition showing the sites where Allied troops were executed for desertion during the war.

DAZZLE SHIP - LIVERPOOL

CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZDAZZLE SHIP - LIVERPOOL

Induction Chromatique à Double Fréquence Pour L’edmund Gardner Ship Free NEAR THE ALBERT DOCK, LIVERPOOL

The Edmund Gardner, a historic pilot cutter, received a sensational new coat of paint from the leading Venezuelan artist as part of 14-18 NOW’s Dazzle Ships project.

LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER

LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER

Free UK-wide

Kate Pullinger and Neil Bartlett invited everyone in the UK to write a personal message to a fallen soldier for this unique public war memorial.

LIFT 2014

LIFT 2014

Battersea Arts Centre & Southbank Centre

A series of five special events staged at Battersea Arts Centre and Southbank Centre in London as part of LIFT 2014.

The Opening Act

Curated by Billy BraggThe Opening Act

LEFTFIELD STAGE, GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL

The musician-activist invited five fellow singers to join him at the Glastonbury Festival and premiere a selection of new songs inspired by the conflict.

100: The Day Our World Changed

Directed by Bill Mitchell100: The Day Our World Changed

Wildworks MEVAGISSEY TO HELIGAN

WildWorks’ extraordinary day-long event moved through the Cornish landscape as it told the stories of the men who left it to fight in the First World War.

The Notebook

Forced EntertainmentThe Notebook

Part Of Lift Battersea Arts Centre, London

Tim Etchells directed this compelling adaptation of an Ágota Kristóf story about twin brothers sent to their grandmother’s home in the country when war breaks out.

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson

UK-WIDE TOUR

The great British singer-songwriter toured a series of new songs based on wartime correspondence between soldiers and their families and friends.

The Forbidden Zone, Katie Mitchell, 2014 © Salzburger Festspiele Stephen Cummiskey

Directed by Katie MitchellThe Forbidden Zone

BARBICAN, LONDON
LIVE STREAM FROM SALZBURG FESTIVAL

London’s Barbican Theatre presented the British premiere of a hugely innovative and imaginative work by the leading British theatre director.

If It Wasn't For Their Wellies

If It Wasn't For Their Wellies

Free EDINBURGH

Scottish composer John Maxwell Geddes’s heart-warming work was inspired by the wartime stories and memories of older men and women in Edinburgh.

Graham Gingles

At times like these men were wishing they were all kinds of insectsGraham Gingles

Free THE MAC, BELFAST

The Northern Irish artist took inspiration from the Princess Mary Gift Fund boxes, created in 1914 for distribution to members of the armed forces at Christmas.

Goodbye To All That

Curated by Lavinia GreenlawGoodbye To All That

Kamila Shamsie, Colm Tóibín and Jeanette Winterson were among the contributors to this anthology of new writing inspired by Robert Graves’ famous phrase.

Art On The Underground

When You Look You May Not See;
If history could be folded, where would you put the crease?
Art On The Underground

Richard Wentworth Free LONDON UNDERGROUND STATIONS; NETWORK-WIDE

This thought-provoking and multi-faceted piece of public art was created for and installed across the London Underground network in 2014.

A Foreign Field

Torsten RaschA Foreign Field

WORCESTER CATHEDRAL

The Three Choirs Festival at Worcester Cathedral hosted the world premiere of this major new cantata by the leading German composer.

A Dream Turns Sour

The Tiger LilliesA Dream Turns Sour

Part Of Lift BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE, LONDON

The inimitable cabaret trio took their cues from war poets such as Wilfred Owen and John McCrae for this dark yet humorous series of London shows.

After a War

Curated by LIFTAfter a War

BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE, LONDON

Tim Etchells of Forced Entertainment invited 25 international artists to respond to the continuing impact of the war on our world today.

Anya Gallaccio

Anya Gallaccio

ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL

The Turner Prize-nominated Scottish artist’s remarkable installation drew inspiration from the Suffolk landscape where it was presented in summer 2014.

BBC Late Prom

BBC Late Prom

LONDON

The world premiere of a deeply beautiful new piece by Sir John Tavener marked the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the First World War.

Does it Matter?

World War 1 ShortsDoes it Matter?

Free

A series of short films presenting the perspective of five contemporary disabled artists on the legacies of war and disability in Britain today.

Blood

Lemn SissayBlood

THE VERBAL ARTS CENTRE, DERRY / LONDONDERRY

The acclaimed poet collaborated with residents of Derry-Londonderry on this special poetry, public art and performance project.

Mametz

Written by Owen SheersMametz

National Theatre Wales GREAT LLANCAYO UPPER WOOD, MONMOUTHSHIRE

The thousands of Welsh soldiers injured or killed in the Battle of Mametz Wood received an evocative tribute in this site-specific performance piece.

Memories of August 1914

Royal de LuxeMemories of August 1914

Free LIVERPOOL

The Giants were the focal point of this city-wide spectacular in summer 2014, retelling the story of Liverpool’s famous Pals Battalions.

The Empire Cafe

The Empire Cafe

Free THE BRIGGAIT, GLASGOW

This thought-provoking series exploring the history of Scotland and the North Atlantic slave trade featured a new work by Scottish artist Graham Fagen.

The Great War

Hotel Modern & Arthur SauerThe Great War

Part Of Lift SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON

Live animation and a miniature film set provided the context for this small but perfectly formed re-creation of the Western Front.

The Year I was Born

Lola AriasThe Year I was Born

Part Of Lift SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON

The stories of Chilean men and women who lived through Pinochet’s violent dictatorship formed the basis of this powerful stage work.

14-18 NOW at WOMAD

14-18 NOW at WOMAD

CHARLTON PARK, WILTSHIRE

A new piece by Zimbabwean collective Siyaya showed how music can help to sustain communities through conflict and political upheaval.

1914 Day By Day Cartoons

1914 Day By Day Cartoons

Free THE CARTOON MUSEUM, LONDON / BBC RADIO 4, 1914 DAY BY DAY SHOW

Posy Simmonds and Ralph Steadman were among the artists who created new illustrations for this vital project, which revisited the outbreak of the war in real time.

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