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Country-wide arts project Paper Peace commemorates century since the end of WW1


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Marking 100 years since England celebrated the end of World War 1, some of the UK’s top artists are collaborating in a dynamic countrywide commemoration. Pyrotechnic displays, sculptures, and interactive poems are amongst the pieces touring from 12th November.

Arts Council England have invested £250,000 in the project, which has been produced by Emergency Exit Arts.

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EEA Artistic Director Deb Mullins spoke in a press release about the purpose of the project. She says, “a couple of years ago, I found an old photograph of my Great Aunt as a child at a peace tea on the street where I grew up. They were celebrating the rebuilding of peace in Europe. I learned that these were held across the country and I was inspired to think about how we build peace as individuals, as communities and nationally.”

Mullins hopes that this year’s project “will once again bring people together in an outdoor celebration.”

The project will take off on 12th November with the first in a series of art pieces, a 14-foot high illuminated poem by London-based artist and poet Robert Montgomery. ( This opening tribute will be displayed at venues in London, Bradford, Dewsbury, Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham and Peterborough. Thousands will also see the spectacle as it travels by road between destinations.

Associated museums will be sharing oral histories and World War 1 archives, and to ensure the legacy continues, young producers aged 18-25 are working with artists and heritage organisations to produce their own contributions.

You can find Montgomery’s striking opener to the project at the following:

12 Nov             London

13 Nov             Bradford (Venue TBC)

14 – 15 Nov      Creative Scene, Dewsbury 9 Wellington Road, Dewsbury WF13 1HF | 01924 437 966

16 Nov             B Arts, Stoke-on-Trent 72 Hartshill Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7RB | 01782 848835

17 – 18 Nov      City Arts, Nottingham 11-13 Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FH | 0115 9505251

19 – 20 Nov      Vivacity, Peterborough Museum and City Art Gallery Priestgate, Peterborough PE1 1LF | 01733 864663

Creative Partner Brick Box (Bradford) will be collaborating on the finale events in 2019. 

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