Paper Peace

Shedding light on the fragile nature of peace and the strength of those who sustain it.

As global and political events continue to shake our communities, 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, Creative Scene, Ideas Test and Vivacity.

Paper Peace is a national programme of activity exploring the UK’s peace heritage. As we look around and see fractured and divided communities we are challenging ourselves and those around us to think about peace. What do we mean by peace? Who protects it? How do we nourish it? What can we learn from previous peace builders and activists?

Paper Peace has many strands of work taking place in 2019 and beyond. We launched with the Peace Poem in November 2018. This beautiful mobile artwork has been touring the country throughout the year.

Over the last 6 months we have been working with a brilliant group of 48 18 – 25 year olds in our Young Producers Programme. They are training in heritage and event productions skills to unearth the UKs rich peace building history and commission local artists to create responses. This will form part of BLINK our giant installation touring in November 2019. BLINK will take you on a journey of different perspectives through a series of playful artworks exploring and challenging our concepts of peace building and activism in the UK.

You can get more deeply involved with Paper Peace through the People’s Peace Archive where you can find out more about the project and heritage collections we have been exploring. You can also download our learning resources and catalyst collection created with our lead heritage partner the Peace Museum.

We will be sharing more information about this throughout the project. Keep following #paperpeace to stay up to date or join our mailing list


See Peace Differently

BLINK. Explore.
BLINK. Resist.
BLINK. Reconcile.
BLINK. Hope.

Blink. 100 years have passed since the end of The Great War. What does Peace look like now?

Enter BLINK to play with a series of artworks inspired by peacebuilders and activists from your community and across the UK. Peace is a doing word, what will you do?

FREE and suitable for all ages.

Taking over towns, cities, marketplaces and streets in November 2019.

9 November
Dewsbury, Market Square, WF13 1DN

16 November
Burslem Stoke, ST6 4AT

23 November
Peterborough, Cathedral Square, PE1 1XB

30 November
Sheerness, Beach St Park, ME12 1RE

The Peace Poem Tour

On Monday 12 November 2018 our 14ft high illuminated Peace Poem 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, has been seen by thousands of people as it travelled along motorways to cities across the UK.

Become part of Paper Peace by booking the Peace Poem to come to your city or event. Email [email protected] to find out more.

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.

People's Peace Archive

Paper Peace will continue its mission to illuminate the history of peace activism with the People’s Peace Archive. This online resource houses introductions to heritage collections, spotlights exciting work and events happening now and houses our learning resources and catalyst collection designed to be used in schools. The People’s Peace Archive has been designed as a resource to gather and share more stories, memories, artwork and artefacts about peace activism and peace building.

We want to create an online resource which can galvanise action, share knowledge and offer a space for you to add to this collection. 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.

Get in touch with [email protected] to find out more.

Paper Peace Young Producers Programme

We will unearth the history of peace activism with a new generation with the Paper Peace Young Producers programme. The programme sees 48 people across the country aged 18 to 25 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.

We have four teams of young producers for Paper Peace each led by our producing partners B Arts (stoke), Creative Scene (Dewsbury), Ideas Test (Swale & Medway) and Vivacity (Peterborough). Each team has commissioned an artist to respond to the heritage they have uncovered. These artworks will be part of BLINK which will tour each location in November.

Paper Peace Partners

Paper Peace has been created by Emergency Exit Arts with a brilliant team of partners and artists to make this project happen.

Created by Emergency Exit Arts in association with our national partners; B Arts, Creative Scene, Ideas Test and Vivacity. The national partnership have co-produced this project, each organisation leads the group of young producers in their area and will host BLINK when it tours to their town or city.

We are incredibly lucky to be working with a fantastic team of artists;

BLINK is created with Chloe Osborne, Director of BLINK and Associate Producer of the Young Producer Programme

BLINK is designed by Nina Dunn and Rūta Irbīte

The Brick Box is a Creative Partner and are creating a new commission as part of BLINK as well as shaping the project and working with the young producers at our first symposium.

Leading artist and poet Robert Montgomery created the Peace Poem with Emergency Exit Arts and remains closely connected to the project.

Our Lead Heritage Partner is The Peace Museum, Bradford who hold an unparalleled collection of the UK’s peace heritage.

Peace Bird artist: Anna Bruder

Additional heritage partners for Paper Peace include: Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery and Mid Staffordshire Military Appeals Tribunal Index

This project is supported by our brilliant funders Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Roddick Foundation. We cannot thank you enough for your guidance and support throughout this project. Not forgetting of course everyone who plays the National Lottery Players for making this possible.

Made possible with support from:

Arts Council England HLF

National Partners:

B Arts Creative Scene Vivacity Ideas Test
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