Season 2016 - 14-18 NOW
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2016

Our second season focused on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland including Jeremy Deller’s powerful We’re Here Because We’re Here

POPPIES: Wave and Weeping Window

POPPIES: Wave and Weeping Window

By Paul Cummins Artist & Tom Piper Designer
Dazzle Ship Series

Dazzle Ship Series

Tauba Auerbach / Ciara Phillips / Peter Blake / Tobias Rehberger / Carlos Cruz-diez Free

These brightly coloured boats pay homage to the hundreds of ships that were ‘dazzled’ during the First World War.

Fashion & Freedom

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD, HOLLY FULTON, ROKSANDA, J JS LEE, EMILIA WICKSTEAD, SADIE WILLIAMS, SHOWSTUDIO, LUKE SNELLINFashion & Freedom

Burton-on-Trent

The huge wartime changes in women’s lives and responsibilities inspired this innovative exhibition, which re-examined the conflict’s fashion legacy for the 21st century.

Asunder

Bob StanleyAsunder

SUNDERLAND, LONDON

Featuring a film by Esther Johnson and a soundtrack by Field Music and Warm Digits, Asunder examined the Battle of the Somme through the prism of a single city – Sunderland.

we’re here because we’re here

JEREMY DELLERwe’re here because we’re here

With Rufus Norris UK-WIDE

More than 1,400 volunteers dressed in wartime uniform appeared unannounced across the UK for this extraordinary living memorial to the Battle of the Somme.

Garden Within a Garden

IMRAN QURESHIGarden Within a Garden

Free BRADFORD

A poignant outdoor artwork inspired by the often brutal experiences endured by Sikh, Muslim and Hindu soldiers from the British Raj on the Western Front.

The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics

REBECCA WARRENThe Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics

Free LEEDS

This ambitious exhibition used objects, photography and sculpture to consider how the war changed the way we think about the human body.

Furious Folly

MARK ANDERSONFurious Folly

OXFORD / BIRMINGHAM / STOCKTON-ON-TEES / WEYMOUTH

Inspired by Dadaism, this extraordinary open-air production immerses the audience in a collage of sound, kinetic devices, pyrotechnics and performance.

Shelter

ANNE TALLENTIREShelter

Free DERRY-LONDONDERRY / BELFAST / LIMERICK

This new work from the leading Irish artist took inspiration from the Nissen hut, the prefab structure invented in 1916 by Major Peter Norman Nissen.

End of Empire

Yinka Shonibare MBEEnd of Empire

Free MARGATE

The Turner Prize-nominated artist explored how wartime alliances changed British society – and how they continue to have an impact on our world today.

Memorial Ground

DAVID LANGMemorial Ground

THE EAST NEUK OF FIFE / UK-WIDE

A major choral work from the Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer, made freely available to choirs and singing groups all over the UK.

Black Dog - The Dreams of Paul Nash

DAVE MCKEANBlack Dog - The Dreams of Paul Nash

RUGBY

Inspired by the haunting works of the British surrealist painter, McKean’s major new book launched with a series of multimedia performances.

24-Decade History of Popular Music: The WW1 Years And More

Taylor Mac24-Decade History of Popular Music: The WW1 Years And More

BELFAST

The flamboyant New Yorker brought his epic project to the Belfast International Arts Festival for three unforgettable concerts.

The Casement Project

FEARGHUS Ó CONCHÚIRThe Casement Project

LONDON / DUBLIN / BELFAST

A performance, a dance festival, a film and an academic symposium marked 100 years since Roger Casement – British knight, Irish rebel – was hanged for treason.

Still

Simon ArmitageStill

NORWICH

Created to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, a series of poems both inspired by and presented with six haunting aerial and reconnaissance wartime images.

Fierce Light

Yrsa Daley-Ward, Jackie Kay, Bill Manhire, Paul Muldoon and Daljit Nagra Fierce Light

NORWICH

Leading poets from countries that participated in the war contributed to this wide-reaching project, presented at live events, galleries, on BBC radio and online.

In Parenthesis

Welsh National OperaIn Parenthesis

WALES MILLENIUM CENTRE, CARDIFF, BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME & ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON

David Pountney directed the premiere of Iain Bell’s powerful opera, adapted from an epic poem by writer, artist and infantryman David Jones.

The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

Africa Express presents...The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians

Damon Albarn And Guests SOUTHBANK CENTRE, GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL

Damon Albarn and Paul Weller were among the guests at this celebration of Syrian music and culture, marking the centenary of the wartime Sykes-Picot Agreement.

SOMME 100 MANCHESTER

A CREATIVE, COLLECTIVE ACT COMMEMORATING THE SOMMESOMME 100 MANCHESTER

Free MANCHESTER

A century after it served as a training ground for soldiers heading to war, Manchester’s Heaton Park hosted a major cultural event commemorating the Battle of the Somme.

Radio Relay, Past Frequencies - Live Transmissions

GRAHAM FAGEN, PADDY BLOOMER, COLM CLARKE, GARETH MOORE, SARA MORRISON, MHAIRI SUTHERLAND, PHILIP HESSIONRadio Relay, Past Frequencies - Live Transmissions

Free BELFAST

With public participation at its heart, this nationwide project was inspired by the importance of radio in the Easter Rising and the Battle of the Somme.

Dr Blighty

NUTKHUTDr Blighty

Free BRIGHTON

Seen by 50,000 people in the Royal Pavilion Gardens, Dr Blighty brought to life the experiences of injured Indian soldiers sent to recuperate in Brighton during the war.

The 306: Dawn

The 306: Dawn

DALCRUE FARM, NEAR PITCAIRNGREEN, PERTH

The first part of this moving musical-theatre trilogy introduced the stories of three soldiers convicted of mutiny, desertion and other military offences.

The Forbidden Zone

Directed by Katie MitchellThe Forbidden Zone

Presented By The Barbican And 14-18 Now BARBICAN THEATRE, LONDON

The British director brought together texts by writers as diverse as Virginia Woolf and Hannah Arendt in this haunting multimedia stage work.

Flight

GERALDINE PILGRIMFlight

LAKE DISTRICT

The rich aviation history of Cumbria lay at the heart of Flight, which featured both performances and an innovative installation trail.

Incredible Journeys

Incredible Journeys

OXFORD, LINCOLN

Six new stories for children and families inspired by the First World War – but with animals, both real and imagined, at their heart.

Aldeburgh Festival

CHARLOTTE BRAY, GARY CARPENTER, VASSOS NICOLAOU, STEINGRÍMUR ROHLOFFAldeburgh Festival

SUFFOLK

A series of four concerts combining world premieres with works written during the First World War by composers such as Debussy and Scriabin.

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.

War Damaged Musical Instruments

SUSAN PHILIPSZWar Damaged Musical Instruments

Free TATE BRITAIN, LONDON

Instruments disfigured during conflict were reanimated to perform a haunting, disjointed rendition of The Last Post in this Tate Britain installation.

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