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CONTENTS 2 Vikki Heywood, CBE, Foreword 3 Jenny Waldman, Introduction 4 War Damaged Musical Instruments 5 End of Empire 6 Fashion & Freedom 8 Dazzle Ship Scotland 10 Incredible Journeys 11 The 306: Dawn 12 Fierce Light 13 Still 14 Dr Blighty 16 The Forbidden Zone 17 Asunder 18 In Parenthesis 19 Aldeburgh Festival 20 Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic

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Music with Damon Albarn and Guests

22 Black Dog - The Dreams of Paul Nash

Furious Folly Garden Within a Garden The Body Extended Somme 100 Manchester Radio Relay Shelter Memorial Ground The Casement Project Flight Young Men The WW1 Years and More Poppies: Wave and Weeping Window In Conversation Partners The Story So Far Team & Board Coming Next

Cover image: from the stage production of Young Men Š Stephen Wright Image opposite: detail of The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi (2013). Photography: The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Hyla Skopitz. Please see p24

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Vikki Heywood, CBE Chairman 14-18 NOW When 14-18 NOW began two years ago, we set out to create a programme of extraordinary artistic experiences connecting people with the First World War. We are delighted that more than 20 million people have engaged with our events to date, either as participants or in the audience. We will reach many more people around the UK with this year’s extensive programme of new commissions, along with the Poppies tour travelling to Scotland and Wales for the first time. Many of the commissions in our 2016 season are profoundly personal, focusing on the deep emotional impact made by the First World War. 14-18 NOW serves as a contemporary memorial to those who lived through or died in this most brutal and overwhelming of conflicts. A number of our works place that war in a modern context, making connections with our lives today and illustrating how much we can learn from the events of a century ago. We are enormously grateful to our funders: the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, and the Department for Culture, Media & Sport. Our thanks go to the Backstage Trust, the Clore Duffield Foundation and DAF Trucks for their support with the UK tour of the Poppies; to Imperial War Museums for their encouragement and expertise; and to the many other friends and supporters who have helped make our programme possible.

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Jenny Waldman Director 14-18 NOW It’s a great pleasure to introduce the 2016 season from 14-18 NOW, a five-year programme that harnesses the transformative power of the arts to bring the stories of the First World War to life. Inspired by the centenary of this shattering conflict, our programme of new commissions explores how the events of 1914 to 1918 continue to shape the world we live in today. One hundred years ago, the First World War was entering its third year, characterised by increasing globalisation, the particularly bloody and brutal Battle of the Somme and the major naval Battle of Jutland. At the same time, away from the battlefields, society was in the midst of seismic transformations; the hugely increased role played by women, the Easter Rising in Ireland and major developments in technology would each have a profound and long-term impact. Artists both then and now have found inspiration in the events of 1916 to create work that fires our imagination and offers fresh insights. Our new commissions for 2016 include film, fashion, theatre, visual arts, poetry, music and outdoor performance, and take place across the UK from Orkney to Brighton and Norwich to Belfast. Many of the events are free, and many will be broadcast and available online. Sincere thanks go to all the artists and partners involved in these projects, and to Jon Snow and Jeremy Deller for their contribution to this brochure. Their conversation, which appears on page 36, serves as an introduction to a special series of talks that will be held throughout the season on subjects inspired by the First World War and the programme. Details of these discussions will be announced at 1418NOW.org.uk. Thank you for your interest in 14-18 NOW. I very much hope that you will be able to join us and experience some of the remarkable events in our programme this year.

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LONDON

WAR DAMAGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS SUSAN PHILIPSZ

War has always been accompanied by music. Drums, bugles, fifes and trumpets have marched generations of men and women into battle, and brought them together at its end. For this new commission, Turner Prize-winning artist Susan Philipsz brings to life a selection of instruments disfigured by conflict: warped by explosions, riddled by bullets, crushed under rubble. Each wounded instrument plays a single note from ‘The Last Post’, a refrain that was sounded to mark the completion of an officer’s evening checks and that now serves as a memorial to those lost in conflict. The damage inflicted upon the instruments by war bends the tune out of shape and creates a moving symphony of injured sound that rings out from speakers hung through the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain, parts of which operated as the Queen Alexandra Military Hospital during the war. Walking through the central section, we hear a group of instruments used during the First World War: a tuba from the German trenches, a cavalry trumpet retrieved from a ship torpedoed by a submarine in 1918. Described by The Guardian as creating ‘music [which] is as uplifting as it is painful’, these ravaged notes are coaxed from their instruments by musicians from Britain and Germany. Developed over a number of years by sound artist Susan Philipsz, this presentation uses the power of music to connect us to the physical suffering of war. Commissioned by 14-18 NOW. Curated by Tate Britain

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until 3 April 2016 (closed 17 - 24 February) Tate Britain Millbank, London SW1P 4RG Photo © Susan Philipsz Courtesy of J. Fernandes, Tate Photography

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END OF EMPIRE YINKA SHONIBARE, MBE

In a new commission, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, one of the leading artists at work in the UK, explores how the new alliances forged in the First World War changed British society forever and continue to affect us today. Shonibare’s new work features two of his signature figures attired in African fabrics, their globe-heads highlighting the countries involved in WW1. Offering a metaphor for dialogue, balance and conflict, the entire work pivots almost imperceptibly in the gallery space, symbolising the possibility of compromise and resolution between two opposing forces. How has immigration contributed to the British culture in which we live today? How have immigrants shaped what it means to be British? These are the questions Shonibare asks in The British Library, a sculptural work presented alongside End of Empire at Turner Contemporary. Shelves of books, many bearing the name of an immigrant who has enriched our society (from TS Eliot to Zaha Hadid), remind us that the displacement of communities by global war has consequences that inform our lives and attitudes today. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Turner Contemporary

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22 March - 30 October 2016 Sunley Gallery, Turner Contemporary Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG Image courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London Co-commissioned by HOUSE 2014 and Brighton Festival. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett

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MANCHESTER

FASHION & FREEDOM One of the most radical changes at home during the war was the huge change in women’s lives and work. With the men away fighting, more than one million women went to work for the first time during the war years – in munitions factories and on the buses, driving ambulances and even ‘manning’ the London Underground. These new responsibilities gave women new freedoms – and they also led to a new look, as tight corsets and heavy skirts were replaced by more natural and fluid silhouettes. A century later, this era has inspired Fashion & Freedom, an ambitious, multi-faceted exhibition that examines the fashion legacy of the First World War for the 21st century. From the doyenne of British fashion, Vivienne Westwood, to Belgrade-born, London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic via the exacting craftsmanship of Emilia Wickstead to rising star J JS Lee, leading female fashion designers are creating contemporary pieces inspired by the profound changes in women’s dress that occurred during the First World War. These exclusive designs are being presented in an exhibition alongside historic wartime selections drawn from Manchester Art Gallery’s renowned costume collection. A series of specially commissioned original short films complement the garments on display, including films by directors from Nick Knight’s award-winning SHOWstudio, who pioneered fashion film online. Luke Snellin has written and directed First, which reimagines a young woman’s first day at work as a bus conductor, with uniforms designed by Manchester fashion label Private White V.C. The films will be shown in the Gallery and across digital screens in Manchester, as well as online. Fashion & Freedom also showcases the next generation of fashion talent through contributions from students at five British fashion colleges, working to the First World War-influenced theme of Restriction and Release. The new designs, the films and the students’ contributions combine to bring a modern-day sensibility to the fashions of this landmark era in women’s history. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Manchester Art Gallery, supported by the British Fashion Council

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Darrell Vydelingum Creative Director Natasha Howes Project Director Dr Miles Lambert Costume Curator Jenna Rossi-Camus Producer Laura Thornly Project Assistant

13 May - 27 November 2016 Manchester Art Gallery Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL

Image: Film still from First by Luke Snellin (2016)

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LEITH

DAZZLE SHIP SCOTLAND The brilliantly coloured contemporary Dazzle Ships docked on the rivers of Liverpool and London have been some of the most striking symbols of the commemoration period from 2014 to 2018. These unmissable floating artworks became part of the landscape for millions of residents and tourists, a visual connection to the hundreds of Dazzle Ships that crossed the seas during the First World War. Now the extraordinary Dazzle Ship project moves to Scotland, with a fourth new commission by the Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips set to light up the city of Edinburgh. The launch of our latest Dazzle Ship will coincide with commemorations of the First World War on 28 and 31 May 2016, timed to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland. Ciara Phillips, a long-term resident of Scotland, will ‘dazzle’ the MV Fingal, which is berthed at the Prince of Wales Dock in the historic port of Leith. As an artist with a longstanding interest in the history of signs and symbols as they relate to print media, Phillips will put her own unique spin on the astonishing camouflage patterns that adorned battle-ready ships in the Port of Leith one hundred years ago. The ship will be a central element of the Edinburgh Art Festival for 2016. Dazzle Ship series co-commissioned with Liverpool Biennial. Dazzle Ship Scotland is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Edinburgh Art Festival with support from the Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and The Royal Yacht Britannia

You can join in by creating your own ‘dazzle’ design. The cutting-edge technology of our free Dazzle It App allows you to remix work by contemporary artists and to share your creation with your friends – available from our website 1418NOW.org.uk Dazzle Ship London and Dazzle It App supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies

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From May 2016 Leith Docks Edinburgh

Image: Ciara Phillips, detail of Things put together (2013). Image courtesy of the artist and Neues Museum Nürnberg. Photography by Annette Kradisch

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OXFORD

INCREDIBLE JOURNEYS The Story Museum in Oxford and 14-18 NOW are commissioning six new stories for schoolchildren and family audiences about the global impact of the First World War. Inspired equally by humble tales of everyday life and near-legendary accounts of battlefield heroism, some of the country’s leading storytellers are using animal characters both real and imagined to create their brand new narratives, offering children an imaginative introduction to the First World War. International in scope and outlook, Incredible Journeys will travel from Macedonia to Mesopotamia, featuring animals as diverse as the Canadian bear that inspired the creation of Winnie-the-Pooh and the camel corps that fought alongside TE Lawrence in the Arab Revolt. The stories will be premiered at The Story Museum in Oxford before being presented at venues around the UK later in the year. ‘The Story Museum is dedicated to inspiring learning through stories, as well as looking after stories in danger of being forgotten or lost. We embrace this opportunity to ask some of our finest storytellers to give voice to the countries, creatures and cultures whose roles in the far-flung “theatres” of the First World War fall beyond the spotlight.’ Tish Francis, Co-Director, The Story Museum Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and The Story Museum

DATES June 2016 The Story Museum Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP Then on tour Photo © Marc West

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PERTH

THE 306: DAWN

NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND Between 1914 and 1918, many British soldiers were convicted of military offences, including cowardice, mutiny and desertion, and were executed. In 2006, 306 of them received posthumous pardons. Now a new series of plays brings their lives back into sharp focus, challenging our notions of patriotism, heroism and glory. Written by playwright Oliver Emanuel and composer Gareth Williams, and directed by Laurie Sansom for the National Theatre of Scotland, The 306 is a trilogy of plays focusing on the lives and deaths of three soldiers: Joseph Byers, aged 17, from Glasgow; Harry Farr, a 25-year-old Londoner; and Joseph Willie Stones, a year younger, from Durham. The trilogy explores the poignant true stories of these soldiers, the families and friends who lost their loved ones, and the century-long campaign to see them pardoned. Dawn, part 1 of the trilogy, will receive its world premiere at a special dawn performance in May 2016 during the Perth Festival of the Arts. Parts 2 and 3 will follow in 2017 and 2018. ‘In 2012, Gareth Williams and I were looking at all the planned memorials for the First World War. It felt like all the stories were about bravery and sacrifice and heroism – but what about those who failed to live up to this ideal? This story challenges what we think about the war and how we memorialise the dead.’ Oliver Emanuel, writer A National Theatre of Scotland, 14-18 NOW and Perth Theatre co-production, in association with Red Note Ensemble

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Oliver Emanuel Writer Gareth Williams Composer Laurie Sansom Director Becky Minto Costume & Set Designer Simon Wilkinson Lighting Designer Jonathan Gill Musical Director

24 May - 11 June 2016 Dalcrue Farm Pitcairngreen, Perth

Image: Private Joseph Byers I Private Andrew Evans, Time unknown / 6.2.1915 I Private George E Collins 07.30 / 15.2.1915 I Six Farm, Loker, West Viaanderen © Chloe Dewe Mathews 2014

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NORWICH

FIERCE LIGHT

BILL MANHIRE, PAUL MULDOON, JACKIE KAY, YRSA DALEY-WARD, DALJIT NAGRA, JO SHAPCOTT Perhaps no art form captured the complexity and terror of the First World War more acutely than poetry. Drawing on their experiences, poets used their art to reflect on the war’s impact, from the horrors of the battlefield to the ways in which the conflict rendered a familiar world unrecognisable to those left living in it. For Fierce Light, leading poets Bill Manhire, Paul Muldoon, Jackie Kay, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Daljit Nagra and Jo Shapcott are each creating new works that endeavour to understand the incomprehensible, exploring contemporary events while also contemplating the First World War. These works will be presented alongside a series of specially commissioned short films, each made in response to the new poems and the themes raised within them. Fierce Light launches with an exhibition and a special live event featuring the poets during the City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016, before the poems and films are presented on radio, at other literary festivals and online. The event and exhibition at Norfolk & Norwich Festival also includes Simon Armitage’s commission Still, detailed opposite. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers’ Centre Norwich

DATES Event: 13 May 2016 Norwich Playhouse 42-58 St George’s Street, Norwich NR3 1AB

Exhibition: 10 - 28 May 2016 (except Sundays & Mondays) East Gallery Cavendish House, St Andrews Hill, Norwich NR2 4AE

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NORWICH

STILL

SIMON ARMITAGE As part of Fierce Light, British poet Simon Armitage is writing a series of poems in response to six aerial or panoramic photographs of battlefields taken during the First World War. Inspired by the landscapes and locations, the poems are superimposed on to the photographs, the words interacting with the haunting, abstract images. The framed pieces form an exhibition at the East Gallery during Norfolk & Norwich Festival, and will also be published as a book. Still will be premiered at the festival where Simon Armitage will be performing alongside his fellow poets at the event detailed on the opposite page. ‘There are many thousands of aerial and reconnaissance photographs of the First World War that offer an unfamiliar and rarely-seen visual perspective of the conflict. Map-like images of cratered fields and hieroglyphic trench patterns; dreamlike “obliques” showing landscapes of sepia-toned towns and ghostly villages; panoramas of apparently tranquil meadows and country lanes that disguise more macabre details. These photographs will form a physical and atmospheric backdrop to poems that explore events and locations significant to the Somme Offensive. The result will be a dialogue between military documents of the day and the poetic responses they provoke one hundred years later.’ Simon Armitage Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers’ Centre Norwich

DATES Event: 13 May 2016 Norwich Playhouse 42-58 St George’s Street, Norwich NR3 1AB

Exhibition: 10 - 28 May 2016 (except Sundays & Mondays) East Gallery Cavendish House, St Andrews Hill, Norwich NR2 4AE

Image © Paul Wolfgang Webster

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BRIGHTON

DR BLIGHTY NUTKHUT More than one million men travelled from India to fight in the First World War. The collective experiences of these volunteer forces constitute one of the great untold stories in military history. Created by award-winning arts company Nutkhut for Brighton Festival, which is celebrating its 50th festival this year, Dr Blighty throws a spotlight on the Indians who travelled across the world to fight for the Allies, bringing to life the experiences of the injured Indian soldiers brought to recuperate in Brighton and the locals who came to know and care for them. Between 1914 and 1916, Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Estate was used as a hospital for Indian servicemen who had been wounded on the Western Front. The focus of Dr Blighty is an immersive walk-through installation in the gardens of the Royal Pavilion capturing the essence of the hospital, animated by actors and enhanced by a specially created soundtrack. The hospital installation will be complemented by a series of related performances and participatory outreach activities, drawing parallels with contemporary events while bringing back to life this moving episode in Brighton’s history. For four nights, a spectacular after-dark production will incorporate video projections on the Royal Pavilion, evoking memories of a very distant home for the soldier convalescents. In addition, the Philharmonia Orchestra will perform in a special ticketed concert at Brighton Dome with some of India’s leading contemporary musicians, marrying Western and Eastern classical music traditions. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Brighton Festival and Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

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Ajay Chhabra Artistic Director Shri Shriram Composer Tom Piper & Amanda Stoodley Design Sian Thomas Performance Director Stephen Clark Writer Phil Supple Lighting Designer Novak Video & Animation Ed Carter Sound Designer Frank Wilson Creative Consultant

24 - 29 May 2016 Brighton Festival Royal Pavilion Gardens Brighton BN1 1EE Brighton Dome Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UD Please note – all events are free except the concert at Brighton Dome

Image by The Unloved

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LONDON

THE FORBIDDEN ZONE DIRECTED BY KATIE MITCHELL

Clara Immerwahr, wife of the famed chemist Fritz Haber, is profoundly disturbed when her husband’s research leads to the development of chlorine gas during the First World War. More than 30 years later, her granddaughter, a scientist committed to finding a poison gas antidote, faces similar despair. Offering a uniquely female perspective on war, science and the advance of chemical weapons, The Forbidden Zone is a multimedia show of epic scale and intricacy. Interweaving multiple narratives across two time periods and continents, the production features feminist texts by Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf, Emma Goldman and Mary Borden, whose account of running a field hospital provides the production’s title. With elaborate period sets, including a moving subway train, the drama is heightened by the seamless, real-time creation onstage of cinematic-quality film, screened to intensify every meticulous move made by the Schaubühne’s outstanding ensemble. Co-production with the Salzburger Festspiele in cooperation with the European Theatre Network, PROSPERO (Schaubühne Berlin, Théâtre National de Bretagne/Rennes, Théâtre de Liège, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione, Göteborgs Stadstheater, World Theatre Festival Zagreb, Athens & Epidaurus Festival). Presented by 14-18 NOW and the Barbican

CREATIVE TEAM Written by Duncan Macmillan using texts by Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Mary Borden, Emma Goldman & Virginia Woolf Katie Mitchell Director Leo Warner Video Director Lizzie Clachan Set Design Sussie Juhlin-Wallén Costumes Finn Ross Video Designer

DATES Gareth Fry & Melanie Wilson Sound Vera Neuroth Translation Nils Haarmann & David Tushingham Dramaturgy Jack Knowles Lighting

Performed in English and German with English surtitles Age guidance: 16+

26 - 29 May 2016 Barbican Theatre Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS 27 May 2016 Post-show talk Free to same-day ticket holders

Image © Stephen Cummiskey

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SUNDERLAND

ASUNDER BOB STANLEY

In July one hundred years ago, British, French and German forces began one of the most traumatic battles in military history. Over the course of just four months in 1916, more than one million soldiers were captured, wounded or killed in the Battle of the Somme, a confrontation of unimaginable horror. This ambitious new event explores the legacy of the Somme through the prism of a single city – Sunderland. Esther Johnson’s film uses local archive footage to convey the story of the city’s involvement in the First World War, from the men who fought in the fields to those who stayed behind to work in the region’s shipyards and munitions factories. The soundtrack to the film is being created by two renowned North East bands, Sunderland’s Field Music and Newcastle’s Warm Digits, who will perform live with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Guided by writer and musician Bob Stanley, Asunder receives its world premiere at a major event in Sunderland close to the 100th anniversary of the battle’s first salvos. ‘The performance will be alluring, poetic and political. I want everyone who sees it to take pride in the region’s unique history and to feel they can help to build its future.’ Bob Stanley, Creative Producer Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Sunderland Cultural Partnership

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Bob Stanley Creative Producer Esther Johnson Film Field Music, Warm Digits, Royal Northern Sinfonia Music

10 July 2016 Sunderland Empire High Street West, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR1 3EX

Image: Deptford courtesy of Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

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CARDIFF / BIRMINGHAM / LONDON

IN PARENTHESIS WELSH NATIONAL OPERA

It is 1916, and Private John Ball and his comrades in the Royal Welch Fusiliers are posted to fight in the Battle of the Somme. In Mametz Wood, they enter a strange realm – outside of time, dream-like yet deadly. But even here among the destruction, the soldiers find a fragile flowering of regeneration and rebirth. Commissioned to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and to celebrate the 70th year of Welsh National Opera, In Parenthesis is young British composer Iain Bell’s adaptation of the epic poem by writer and artist David Jones. Bell’s beautiful score combines traditional Welsh song with moments of otherworldliness, terror, humour and transcendence, while David Pountney’s period production is both an evocation and a commemoration of the events of the Somme. Rather than simply reporting the horrors of the Somme, In Parenthesis dares to offer hope. In Parenthesis will be streamed online in summer 2016. Commissioned by the Nicholas John Trust with 14-18 NOW and supported by WNO Commissions Group

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Iain Bell Composer David Antrobus & Emma Jenkins Libretto Carlo Rizzi Conductor David Pountney Director Robert Innes Hopkins Designer

Andrew Bidlack Peter Coleman-Wright Alexandra Deshorties George Humphreys Marcus Farnsworth Mark Le Brocq Donald Maxwell Graham Clark

10 June 2016 Birmingham Hippodrome Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB

13 & 21 May, 3 June 2016 Wales Millennium Centre Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 5AL

29 June & 1 July 2016 Royal Opera House Bow Street, London WC2E 9DD

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ALDEBURGH

ALDEBURGH FESTIVAL

CHARLOTTE BRAY, GARY CARPENTER VASSOS NICOLAOU This series of four concerts programmed by Oliver Knussen and Pierre-Laurent Aimard features works written during the war years by composers including Berg, Butterworth, Debussy, Scriabin and Szymanowski, complemented by world premieres from three contemporary composers. Charlotte Bray, Gary Carpenter and Vassos Nicolaou each take inspiration for their new works from the music and events of a century ago. The years around the First World War constituted an age of frenetic change and diversity almost unparalleled in musical history. As political and social structures weakened and crumbled, musical styles fragmented as the already unstoppable momentum of change in European music accelerated to breakneck speed. For composers and musicians, it was a time of energy and experimentation: creative imagination flourished and radical new directions were forged amid shattering global conflict. Oliver Knussen conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in a major concert, which will also feature German baritone Benjamin Appl; while the recitals will feature a trio of world-class pianists: Tamara Stefanovich, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Håkon Austbø. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Aldeburgh Festival

DATES Snape Maltings Concert Hall and Britten Studio Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP 17 June 2016 BBC Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Appl Baritone Oliver Knussen Conductor works by Bach (arr. Stokowski), Butterworth, Carpenter, Carter, Bray and Berg

24 June 2016 Concert 1 Tamara Stefanovich Piano works by Szymanowski and Nicolaou

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Concert 2 Pierre-Laurent Aimard Piano works by Debussy, Roslavets, Prokofiev and Obukhov

Concert 3 Håkon Austbø Piano works by Scriabin


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LONDON

AFRICA EXPRESS PRESENTS...

SYRIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA FOR ARABIC MUSIC DAMON ALBARN AND GUESTS Dividing the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire into British and French spheres of influence, the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916 fostered instabilities in the Middle East that continue to cause conflict and controversy today. One of these new territories was Syria – which, a century later, is riven by war with its people facing a deeply uncertain future. The Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music, when led by conductor Issam Rafea, first played with songwriter and producer Damon Albarn at the Damascus Opera House in 2008. The Orchestra, together with Rafea, later appeared on the Gorillaz track White Flag – debuted at an Africa Express concert in Paris – before joining the group on their 2010 ‘Escape to Plastic Beach’ World Tour which included shows at the 11th century Citadel in Damascus, Syria, as well as dates in Lebanon, Europe and North America. As a result of the on-going conflict, many Syrian musicians - including Issam Rafea and other members of the Orchestra - have been forced to leave the country. This special concert will see former and current Orchestra musicians who have previously worked with Albarn, travelling from both inside and outside Syria, to reunite for an orchestral performance alongside Albarn and other guest performers. The event will highlight and celebrate the remarkable music culture of Syria, providing a more positive perspective than events currently seen in the news. Presented by Africa Express and Southbank Centre Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Holland Festival

DATE 25 June 2016 Royal Festival Hall Southbank Centre Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX Image: Damon Albarn onstage at The Roundhouse London, 2010, with members of The Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music © Mark Allan

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KENDAL / LONDON

BLACK DOG - THE DREAMS OF PAUL NASH DAVE MCKEAN

The painter Paul Nash joined the British army when he was 25 years old, signing up six weeks after the start of the First World War. The appalling experiences he endured, first as a soldier and later as an official war artist, prompted him to create paintings of disturbing, lasting power. Nash’s paintings have inspired this major new work by Dave McKean, the highly acclaimed illustrator, filmmaker and musician. ‘I’d like to explore Paul Nash’s role in the birth of modernism and surrealism, and how those movements were actually witnessed by Nash in the dream-/nightmare-like battlefields of the war. He used the landscape that he loved to try to deal with what he’d been through, and to try and find calm and solace beyond.’ Dave McKean Dave McKean has previously collaborated with figures as diverse as Neil Gaiman, Richard Dawkins and Heston Blumenthal. In May, McKean’s response to Nash’s work will be issued as a special limited-edition book before being published as a graphic novel in October at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Black Dog will be launched with a series of multimedia performances, with text, images and music performed by McKean and friends. ‘I am no longer an artist. I am a messenger who will bring back word... to those who want the war to go on forever. It will have a bitter truth, and may it burn their lousy souls.’ Paul Nash, writing home from the frontline Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Lakes International Comic Art Festival and On a Marché sur la Bulle

DATES 28 May 2016 Kendal Town Hall UK premiere of multimedia performance Launch of limited-edition publication

18 July 2016 Talk and book signing House of Illustration 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross London N1C 4BH

Image: BLACK DOG The Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean

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15 October 2016 Lakes International Comic Art Festival The Box, Kendal College Multimedia performance Launch of main publication


OXFORD / BIRMINGHAM / STOCKTON-ON-TEES

FURIOUS FOLLY MARK ANDERSON

Mark Anderson leads a team of artists in a response to the inconceivable madness of the First World War. Taking place as night falls in no-man’s land, Furious Folly immerses the audience in an open-air collage of sound, kinetic devices, pyrotechnics and performance. Anderson draws on the anti-war sentiment of the Dadaist movement of the early 20th century. The madness of the battlefield and the futility of WW1 led these artists to a new artistic language that deliberately eschewed structure and meaning, rejecting everything that had gone before. Furious Folly uses the Dada ethos to rail against the inhumanity and senselessness of conflicts past and present. ‘In Zurich in 1915, losing interest in the slaughterhouse of the world war, we turned to the Fine Arts. While the thunder of the batteries rumbled in the distance, we pasted, we recited, we versified, we sang with all our soul. We searched for an elementary art that would, we thought, save mankind from the furious folly of these times.’ Hans Arp, founding member of the Dadaist movement ‘Anderson creat(es) audio visual alchemy that uses light, heat, vibrations, electricity, oscillating chemicals and paraphernalia to dazzle our eyes and startle our imaginations.’ Richard Wilson Created at 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space Produced by Corn Exchange Newbury and OCM in association with Birmingham Hippodrome, Oxford Playhouse, Oxford Festival of the Arts and Stockton International Riverside Festival Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Stadt Poperinge

DATES 17 & 18 June 2016 Oxford

FREE 8 & 9 July 2016 Birmingham

4 & 5 August 2016 Stockton-on-Tees

Image: Farrows Creative

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BRADFORD

GARDEN WITHIN A GARDEN IMRAN QURESHI

The garden is a place of peace, tranquillity and safety. This summer, a park in Bradford will host a new Indian garden, painted directly on to the paving by the acclaimed Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi. But this garden within a garden does not provide refuge from conflict, or a haven from the outside world. Instead, inspired by the history of the million-strong British Indian army that fought in the First World War, Qureshi transforms a public space into zones in which light and dark mix, horror and hope collide. Qureshi lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan, a region that as part of the British Raj enlisted a huge number of Sikh, Muslim and Hindu soldiers to fight on the Western Front. Their experiences of being at war in a distant land and in a hostile climate inform the work that this leading international artist will present at the Mughal Water Gardens in Lister Park, next to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. There will also be a number of associated events. Qureshi – who uses a delicate style inspired by the history of Pakistani and Indian miniature painting to reflect upon contemporary conflicts and divisions – illuminates the complex interplay between Islamic and European history and culture. These vibrant works remind us that war creates division, but can also bring people together. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Bradford Museums and Galleries, City of Bradford MDC and Yorkshire Festival

DATES June - September 2016 Mughal Water Gardens next to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Lister Park, Bradford BD9 4NS Image: installation view of The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi (2013) Photography: The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Hyla Skopitz

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THE BODY EXTENDED: PROSTHETICS AND SCULPTURE REBECCA WARREN

The First World War changed forever the way we think about the human body. The physical injuries inflicted by mechanised warfare – machine guns, bombshells, chemical weaponry – were without precedent in human history, and demanded new ways of thinking about prosthetics, disability and beauty. At the same time, new developments in science and art changed the way that we understand and represent the human body. Rebecca Warren is creating a major new sculpture as part of an ambitious exhibition reflecting on the enduring implications of these changes. The Body Extended: Prosthetics and Sculpture tells the story of how we have extended and supplemented the body over the past century. We see how the medical sciences and the arts looked to each other for new ideas of what it means to be human. The exhibition features objects and artworks from museums and medical collections from Europe and the United States. Warren’s work will be sited directly outside the Henry Moore Institute at the entrance to the exhibition, on the busiest thoroughfare in Leeds. Supplemented by debates, film screenings and a publication, this exhibition will offer a powerful context for the way we think about our bodies in today’s society and illuminates the impact of the First World War on our contemporary values. It takes place at a centre for the study of sculpture that is a part of the Henry Moore Foundation. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and the Henry Moore Institute

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21 July - 23 October 2016 Henry Moore Institute The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH Image: Rebecca Warren, Girl 38, 2003, reinforced clay and twig on painted MDF plinth

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MANCHESTER

SOMME 100 MANCHESTER A CREATIVE, COLLECTIVE ACT COMMEMORATING THE SOMME 1 July 1916 was the first day of the Battle of the Somme. A century later, Manchester will host the UK-based commemoration which will culminate with a major cultural event in Heaton Park. As the country prepared for war, Heaton Park served as a training camp for a number of the Manchester Regiment Battalions. Many of these soldiers had been recruited to serve alongside their friends, relatives and colleagues hence the battalions’ nickname, the ‘Pals’. After their training, the Manchester Pals were dispatched to France, where they fought in the Battle of the Somme alongside regiments from across the UK and around the world. 14-18 NOW will present new artistic commissions at Somme 100 Manchester in Heaton Park as part of a programme which includes dance, a national youth choir, spoken word and a special performance from Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra. For more information about Somme 100 Manchester please visit 1418NOW.org.uk Produced by Manchester City Council on behalf of HM Government The cultural content is co-commissioned with 14-18 NOW

DATE 1 July 2016 Heaton Park Middleton Rd, Higher Blackley Manchester M25 2SW Image of Manchester Regiment Heaton Park Camp (Manchester Libraries, Information and Archive, Manchester City Council Council)

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BELFAST

RADIO RELAY

PAST FREQUENCIES - LIVE TRANSMISSIONS Marconi transmitted some of his first radio signals between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle in Northern Ireland in 1898. During the Easter Rising in 1916, Irish rebels seized a wireless telegraphy station to make the world’s first pirate radio broadcast, announcing Ireland’s independence to the world. Months later, the new radio technology was an essential tool for commanders at the Battle of the Somme. Now Radio Relay explores these historic moments in the development of radio, reigniting the magic of the early years of telecommunications. Artists including Graham Fagen, Paddy Bloomer, Gareth Moore, Sara Morrison, Mhairi Sutherland and Philip Hession are creating works for a nationwide programme with participation at its core. As part of a unique midsummer weekend at Belfast’s ancient Giant’s Ring, audiences will be able to build their own lo-fi radio transmitters, and make silver kites to recreate early experiments in radio antennae. The invention of radio made it possible to share news across boundaries, to learn of far-flung places and to hear the voices of distant people. Radio brings us together, allowing us to receive dispatches from the past and send messages to the future. Radio Relay gives that power to the public. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Golden Thread Gallery

DATES 18 - 20 June 2016 Giant’s Ring Ballynahatty, near Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast

April - June 2016 Nationwide participatory programme All welcome – for details see 1418NOW.org.uk

Image courtesy of Graham Fagen

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DERRY-LONDONDERRY / BELFAST / LIMERICK

SHELTER

ANNE TALLENTIRE The upheavals of the First World War find an echo in the refugee crisis now taking place in Europe. The mass mobilisation of troops stationed across the continent 100 years ago left an architectural legacy: the Nissen hut, the familiar curved structure we associate with barracks, refugee camps and internment blocks, was invented by a British Army officer in 1916 to house soldiers and supplies. Now Irish artist Anne Tallentire explores the Nissen hut in the context of a new humanitarian crisis. Shelter connects local history, global news, and technological innovation. The project is founded on research conducted by Tallentire in collaboration with archivists and historians, to which the artist will respond with a range of media, including drawing, montage, photography and film. You are invited to visit her as she works at an open studio in Building Eighty81, itself a former army barracks in Derry-Londonderry. To conclude Shelter, Tallentire will work with architects, activists and community volunteers to produce structural templates concerned with living, moving and thinking. The final work, reflecting the artist’s longstanding interest in cultural displacement and conditions of daily life, will be constructed and exhibited in outdoor public spaces on Ebrington Square in Derry-Londonderry, at the Ulster Museum in Belfast, and in Limerick. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Nerve Centre

DATES June - July 2016 Nerve Centre 7-8 Magazine St, Derry-Londonderry BT48 6HJ

July 2016 Ulster Museum Botanic Gardens, Belfast, County Antrim BT9 5AB

Eighty81 Ebrington, Derry-Londonderry BT47 6JE

FabLab Limerick 7 Rutland Street, Limerick, Ireland

Image Š Anne Tallentire

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EAST NEUK / UK-WIDE

MEMORIAL GROUND DAVID LANG A century on from the Battle of the Somme, we mark the anniversary with a major new choral work to be shared with choirs and singing groups across the country. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, Memorial Ground will receive its world premiere in a special concert at the East Neuk Festival on 2 July. Paul Hillier and his acclaimed Theatre of Voices will perform with singers from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus and amateur choirs from around Fife. After this premiere, Memorial Ground will be made available to choirs and singing groups of all levels and sizes from around the country and abroad to download the score and related resources in order to create and sing new versions of this versatile work. In Memorial Ground, David Lang reflects on the tragic events of a century ago, but has also created a space in which to honour and remember the many since then who have made sacrifices in order that we may live the lives we do. Participating choirs and singing groups will be able to add the names of those they wish to recognise and acknowledge to Memorial Ground, making the piece their own by creating a unique and very personal act of remembrance. This project will continue for 21 weeks, the duration of the Battle of the Somme, culminating in a major UK-wide event to mark the anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Somme in November. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and the East Neuk Festival with the support of Creative Scotland and in partnership with the Big Big Sing

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David Lang Composer Paul Hillier Conductor Theatre of Voices Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus Greg Batsleer Chorus Director Choirs from Fife

2 July 2016 Cambo Barn Fife KY16 8QD July - November 2016 UK-wide participation

Image: David Lang by Peter Serling

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LONDON / DUBLIN / BELFAST

THE CASEMENT PROJECT FEARGHUS Ó CONCHÚIR

In 1916, British peer, Irish rebel and international humanitarian Roger Casement was hanged in Pentonville Prison. Knighted for exposing human rights abuses in the Congo and the Amazon, his support for Irish nationalism during the First World War was a British scandal. His homosexuality was just as controversial. One hundred years later, The Casement Project uses dance to imagine a national body that welcomes the stranger from beyond the border, as well as the stranger already inside. It uses the queer body of Casement to address today’s questions of belonging and becoming, and to ask: Who gets to be in the national body? How can the national body move? The Casement Project is dance at its most ambitious, a choreography of bodies and ideas that takes place across multiple platforms and national boundaries. An award-winning creative team, a cast of internationally acclaimed performers and contributors from beyond the arts will help choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir to create five interconnected ways for people to be involved in The Casement Project: a stage performance, a celebratory festival of dance, a dance film, an academic symposium and a series of opportunities for the public to engage with and participate in the project. The Casement Project is produced by Fearghus Ó Conchúir in association with Project Arts Centre. It is a National Project supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, and its London presentation is supported by Culture Ireland, as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. It is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, made possible by the generosity of Dr R. Martin Chávez and supported by Dance Ireland and The Place

DATES 11 & 12 June 2016 The Place 17 Duke’s Road London WC1H 9PY

3 June 2016 The British Library 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB Symposium

October 2016 Project Arts Centre 39 East Essex Street Dublin 2, Ireland

Photography: Matthew Thompson

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November 2016 Venue to be announced Belfast Northern Ireland


LAKE DISTRICT

FLIGHT

GERALDINE PILGRIM Since the Wright brothers first took to the air in 1903, our understanding of our place in the world has changed beyond comprehension. The ability to sail through the skies has radically altered every aspect of our lives, from the practicalities of industry and war to our intangible dreams and desires. In short, flight has transformed us. Now, with Lake District National Park we salute this transformation with a multi-layered performance and installation created by artist Geraldine Pilgrim. Flight will capture the beauty, power and drama of flight in all its forms, paying particular tribute to its setting in Cumbria, a region rich in aviation history. At the heart of Flight are the young airmen of the First World War and the people they left behind. They looked up at the sky waiting for their loved ones to return, like migrating birds coming home – only to wait and wait as so many never came back. ‘When I read that Royal Flying Corps new pilots, often in their teens, lasted on average just 11 days from arrival on the front to death, I thought of the Cumbrian landscape dreaming of its missing airmen, realising they would never return...’ Geraldine Pilgrim Flight begins with a series of site-specific performance journeys over three days featuring local volunteer performers. After this opening weekend, the work will continue in the form of an innovative installation trail through the historic house and grounds of Brockhole, set in the heart of the Cumbrian Lake District. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Lake District National Park, part of Lakes Alive Festival Supported by South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council

DATES Performances (ticketed): 8 - 10 July 2016 Installation (free): 11 - 17 July 2016

Brockhole The Lake District Visitor Centre, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1LJ

Flight image design: David Caines

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UK-WIDE

YOUNG MEN BALLETBOYZ

Following on from the immensely successful stage show Young Men – co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and 14-18 NOW, with choreography by Iván Pérez and music by Keaton Henson – BalletBoyz Artistic Directors Michael Nunn and William Trevitt have adapted the work from the stage to the big screen in their feature film debut. Shot entirely on location in France with a re-worked musical score and production design, Young Men, the film, is a bold and powerful silent period drama that tells the story of young men who fight in and ultimately are consumed by war. ‘As we watched the show for the stage being created in the studio, we became aware that here were characters and choreography that demanded both the scale and intimacy that only film can bring. We were determined to bring this particular story to the big screen.’ Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, Directors Young Men is commissioned by BBC Music and is part of 14-18 NOW

DATES Summer 2016 Image © Panayiotis Sinnos

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BELFAST

24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC:

THE WW1 YEARS AND MORE TAYLOR MAC

The year of the Easter Rising, 1916 was a particularly important and turbulent year in Ireland’s history. 100 years on, in his first Northern Ireland appearance, the flamboyant and vocally gifted Obie Award-winning New York performer Taylor Mac brings a series of special participative concerts to Belfast International Arts Festival, reflecting on Ireland’s experiences during the first decades of the 20th century. In his first two concerts, his astute take on music and culture spans the years before, during and after the First World War, from 1896 through to 1926. His third concert will feature songs from the last 100 years, from 1916, the year of the Battle of the Somme and the Easter Rising, through to 2016. Accompanied by a live band and dressed in a dazzling array of costume creations, Taylor Mac is guaranteed to have audiences laughing, thinking and cheering as he reflects on notions of authority, class, empire, gender, patriotism and war, and differing perceptions and attitudes to how history is made and viewed. Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Belfast International Arts Festival

DATES October 2016 Belfast International Arts Festival Image by Ves Pitts (from Holiday Show)

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ORKNEY / LINCOLN / PERTH / CAERNARFON

POPPIES: WAVE AND WEEPING WINDOW The iconic Poppies have become one of the most popular and enduring artworks from the First World War centenary. We are delighted to be touring the two Poppies installations Wave and Weeping Window, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, across the UK until 2018, inspiring people of all ages to make deeply personal connections with the First World War. Nearly a million people experienced the power of Wave and Weeping Window in three locations during 2015: St George’s Hall in Liverpool, Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. ‘It’s been wonderful to bring my grandchildren here to share our family history’ ‘It’s such a moving and powerful tribute to those who fought and fell in the First World War’ In 2016, we are presenting the sculptures in four new sites, each with a powerful connection to the First World War – this is the first time that the Poppies will be presented in Scotland and Wales. You can see Poppies: Weeping Window at St Magnus Cathedral, Orkney, marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, at Perth’s historic Balhousie Castle in the Black Watch Museum, dedicated to Scotland’s distinguished military regiment, and at Caernarfon Castle, originally the base of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Meanwhile, Wave will be at Lincoln Castle, in the city that manufactured the first operational tank in 1916. Wave and Weeping Window were originally presented in 2014 as part of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at HM Tower of London. The Poppies will tour the UK until autumn 2018, when they will be gifted to Imperial War Museums. Further tour dates will be announced at 1418NOW.org.uk. With thanks to the Backstage Trust, the Clore Duffield Foundation and DAF Trucks Weeping Window from the installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’. Poppies and original concept: Paul Cummins. Installation design: Tom Piper. By Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces at HM Tower of London 2014

DATES 22 April - 12 June 2016 St Magnus Cathedral Broad Street Kirkwall Orkney KW15 1NX

28 May - 4 Sept 2016 Lincoln Castle Castle Square Lincoln LN1 3AA

30 June - 25 Sept 2016 The Black Watch Museum Balhousie Castle Hay Street Perth PH1 5HR

11 October - 20 Nov 2016 Caernarfon Castle Castle Ditch Caernarfon Gwynedd LL55 2AY

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Image: Wave at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, September 2015 © Getty

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IN CONVERSATION JON SNOW & JEREMY DELLER

Throughout the year, we will be staging a series of talks, discussions and debates across the country, featuring artists, writers, historians and a wide variety of other voices with a connection to, or an interest in, the First World War. To introduce the series, we brought together Channel 4 journalist Jon Snow and Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller to share their thoughts on art, conflict and journalism on the frontline. Jeremy Deller: When you go to conflict zones, do you experience culture and history, or are you just in the moment?

JS: That’s something that I have learnt through art – through Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson and Paul Nash: the metallic aspect of the First World War.

Jon Snow: Often you’re in an environment that is completely alien, and you are aware of a vibrant life around what you’re dealing with, which of course renders the conflict even more stark. During the IranIraq war, the frontline moved a mile in eight years, and a million people died. I witnessed swarms of young men coming over the ramparts, the trenches – trenches, in the 1980s, trenches! It was so redolent of what people had depicted of the First World War, where a million people died in the Battle of the Somme alone. The expenditure of human life was like nothing I have ever seen or have known of since the First World War.

JD: I think ‘mechanical’ is the word. As I see it, it’s about the meeting of metal against flesh. It’s as simple as that, and the fact that there was no competition, there were no proper defences against bullets or shrapnel.

JD: That’s what interests me about the First World War: it was an industrialised war. The human being, the body, was basically just a part of the raw material to feed the ‘engine’.

Images © Alicia Clarke

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JS: Art tells us that conflict is ultimately timeless, but the manifestation of it has changed. I want to take you to your taxi [in 2009 Deller took a vehicle destroyed in a terror attack in Baghdad around the US; it is now in the Imperial War Museums collection]. It is destroyed. You have to be told that it was once a taxi. This became the device by which you managed to bring something that was remote to us all – but was being fought in our name – into our lives.


JD: That was the whole point. We have this huge disconnect between these conflicts and our daily lives. Having said that, I did the project for myself, really, for my own mental wellbeing. It was a way of dealing with my thoughts about it. Maybe that’s what those First World War painters were really trying to do: paint it out of their minds and on to canvas. What was interesting with the car was that when you present a member of the public with a piece of evidence of a conflict, the conversation goes in so many different directions, from the personal to the cultural – and then back to the subject of war. You rarely witness these kinds of conversations in the media. JS: On Remembrance Sunday, in our little village church, they take down a wooden board that has the names of the people who either fought or lost their lives in the First World War. It’s extraordinary. There’s a family called Wiggins and you find that Philip Wiggins, Tommy Wiggins, every single Wiggins had been to war, and one of them had been in the Second World War too. It’s a tiny community – 20 families,

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and virtually all of them went to war. I’m angered by the remoteness of war from ourselves, and yet the intimacy of the decision over which we appear to have no power. The development of technology has actually made war much closer. What I think the First World War artists did was bring it home. The great thing about the First World War for the artist was that other than rather grainy photography, they had very little competition. JD: They produced the dominant imagery. I think that a lot of this has to do with the fact that when the soldiers came back, they couldn’t talk about it in any way that people would understand. Those paintings really stood in for their thoughts and their discussions with their families. When a soldier was asked what it was like, he might have said: ‘Look at this painting. That’s what it was like.’


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THE STORY SO FAR 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, inspired by the period 1914-18. These new artworks bring stories of the First World War to life, offer fresh perspectives and connect a global conflict from 100 years ago with our world today. So far more than 20 million people have been part of our programme.

Richard Wentworth, If history could be folded, where would you put the crease?

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We are taking Poppies: Wave and Weeping Window around the UK, providing an opportunity for over 4 million people to see these iconic sculptures.

Our learning programme is pioneering new ways to engage everyone with our work, deepening understanding and strengthening connections within local communities.

Participative projects such as LIGHTS OUT, marking the beginning of the war, and LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER, inviting everyone in the UK to contribute to a new kind of war memorial, offer innovative ways for everyone to share moments of national significance.

All over the UK, 14-18 NOW commissions are having a major impact on their host towns and cities. In Liverpool the large-scale spectacular Memories of 1914 and two Dazzle Ships contributed ÂŁ24 million to the local economy.

Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. Photo by Richard Lea-Hair and Historic Royal Palaces Neil Bartlett and Kate Pullinger, LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER. Photo by Dom Agius Ryoji Ikeda’s spectra. Photo by Jonathan Perugia Sir Peter Blake, Dazzle Ferry Mersey: Everybody Razzle Dazzle. Photo by Mark McNulty

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TEAM & BOARD

THANK YOU

Team

Development Advisory Group

Jenny Waldman Director Sud Basu Producer Linda Bernhardt Producer Alice Boff Development Manager Katie Cross Head of Development Tamsin Dillon Curator Emma Dunton Producer Claire Eva Brand & Communications Director Majeeda Goodall Executive Assistant Sarah Goodfellow Producer Phoebe Greenwood Talks Nigel Hinds Executive Producer Megan Klarenbach Development Officer Pak Ling Wan General Manager

David Isaac, CBE, Chairman Jeremy Bennett Lord Black of Brentwood Patrick Handley Clive Jones, CBE Lady Emma Kitchener, OBE Gailen Krug Rhoda Macdonald David Potter MT Rainey, OBE Christophe Rust General Sir Richard Shirreff, KCB, CBE Jean-Michel Steg Sir Richard Trainor, KBE

ArtsMediaPeople Learning Bolton & Quinn Press & PR The Cogency Marketing The Unloved Design

President Lady Sainsbury of Turville, CBE

Board Vikki Heywood, CBE Chairman Ade Adepitan, MBE Alex Beard, CBE Lord Hall of Birkenhead David Isaac, CBE Diane Lees, CBE Rhoda Macdonald John Mathers Sir Anthony Seldon Jenny Waldman Jonathan Watkins

Artistic Advisors Lavinia Greenlaw Nigel Hinds Ruth Mackenzie, CBE Michael Morris Tessa Ross, CBE Cian Smyth

Commissioning Circle Dame Vivien Duffield, DBE Vikki Heywood, CBE & Clive Jones, CBE Nigel Hinds & Judith Ackrill David Isaac, CBE Gailen Krug Mark Pigott, KBE Christophe Rust & Hillevi Gillanders Lady Sainsbury of Turville, CBE Jean-Michel & Diane Steg

Artist Ambassadors Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, MBE Malorie Blackman Kate Charlesworth Lee Child Sebastian Faulks, CBE Bonnie Greer, OBE Margaret MacMillan, OC Chloe Dewe Mathews Michael Nunn Kamila Shamsie Owen Sheers Posy Simmonds William Trevitt Richard Wentworth

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COMING NEXT We will announce more events in our 2016 season during the year – expect a few surprises taking place across the UK, along with a new programme of talks. We will present more projects in 2017 before the third and final major 14-18 NOW season in 2018. Sign up to our newsletter to receive the latest news, and visit 1418NOW.org.uk for more information.

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