As we commemorate the 1918 Armistice and global and local events continue to shake our social and political landscape, we present Paper Peace, a year long national arts and heritage programme. Created by renowned outdoor arts company Emergency Exit Arts, in association with B Arts, City Arts, Creative Scene and Vivacity. Paper Peace will shed light on the legacy of treaties, the fragile nature of peace and the strength of the communities and individuals who work to sustain it.
On Monday 12 November 2018 our 14ft high illuminated Peace Poem will set off on a national tour to commemorate 100 years since the first day of peace after WWI. The large scale mobile artwork, created with leading artist and poet Robert Montgomery, will be seen by thousands of people as it travels along motorways to cities across the UK. In each destination we are gathering stories, pledges and poems of peace for our National Peace Archive. Come and visit the Peace Poem when it arrives in your city, get creative with local artists and explore how we can all be active peace builders in our communities.
Follow our live tracker as the poem travels around the country, use #PaperPeace to follow the Peace Poem and share your sightings. The map will update every five minutes so locations may not be exact.
Become part of Paper Peace by booking the Peace Poem to come to your city or event. Email [email protected] to find out more.
Paper Peace will continue its mission to illuminate the history of peace activism through a national creative heritage project exploring post WWI archives using the collections of heritage partners including The Peace Museum (Bradford), Museum of the Mercian Regiment (Nottingham), Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery and Mid Staffordshire Military Appeals Tribunal Index. These important archives and oral histories will come together in a central digital archive and learning resource, which will be publicly accessible.
As we tour the country we will be collecting your stories of peace to add to the national archive. Are you a peace activist or peace builder in your local area? Do you have a story of building or searching for peace? Do you have photographs, placards or memorabilia from peace marches in your area or around the world? Then we want to hear from you.
Visit the Peace Poem in your town and share your story. Follow #paperpeace for details on how to get involved over the coming months. To find out more email [email protected] for more information.
We will unearth the history of peace activism with a new generation with the Paper Peace Young Producers programme. 48 people across the country aged 18 to 25 will receive training from arts practitioners and museum experts in curatorial and event production, learning to interpret a variety of historical sources from the past century and connecting with peace building heritage in their local area. The Young Producers will collaborate with professional artists to help realise their ideas and create a series of artworks that will form part of the Paper Peace finale events in autumn 2019.
In 2019 together with Emergency Exit Arts, National Partners, The Brick Box, the Paper Peace Young Producers, a host of national and international artists and you, we will be transforming streets and city centres with multiple large-scale touring artworks celebrating the heritage and future of peace.
We will be sharing more information about this throughout the project. Keep following #paperpeace to stay up to date or join our mailing list