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14-18 Now: Artists from around the world to mark the First World War Centenary

  • Date: 6 December 2013
  • Area: National
East Yorkshire Regiment, 1916

East Yorkshire Regiment, 1916. Credit: Imperial War Museum

Arts Council England will invest £5 million of Lottery funding into 14-18 Now, the First World War centenary cultural programme. It will fund special commissions by leading artists from Britain and around the world as part of the UK’s official centenary commemorations.

14-18 Now will co-commission artist-led creations, events and activities across a range of artforms. The programme aims to engage communities all over the UK, with a particular focus on young people. It will also be seeking collaborations and partnerships with the many countries all over the world that took part in the First World War.

14-18 Now will centre around three key moments: August 4 2014 (anniversary of declaration of war), July 2016 (Battle of the Somme) and November 2018 (centenary of the Armistice). 

To deliver the commissions, 14-18 Now will work in partnership with cultural organisations across the UK, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Opera House, Tate Liverpool and Liverpool Biennial, Welsh National Opera and National Theatre Scotland, as well as many others.

14-18 Now has been commissioned by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. It will also receive £5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £250,000 from the DCMS. The programme will be led by a Board chaired by Vikki Heywood, chair of the RSA, and directed by Jenny Waldman who will curate the programme, working closely with the Imperial War Museum. The team will also liaise with Creative Scotland, Arts Council Wales and Arts Council Northern Ireland, and will be looking to raise at least another £5 million for the programme.

Find out more

The Imperial War Museums (IWM) will mark the centenary by leading a four year programme of cultural activities across the country

Find out about the First World War Centenary Partnership

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