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Who are 14-18 NOW?

14-18 now logo14-18 NOW is a major cultural programme taking place across the United Kingdom to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Perceptions of the war have been shaped to a great extent by the artists of the time, including poets, writers, painters, sculptors, photographers and film-makers, many of whom served, and who reflected on the war and its effects. Their work had a profound and lasting impact.

Now, one hundred years later, 14-18 NOW are inviting contemporary artists from the UK and around the world to explore the resonance of the First World War today.

Working with cultural organisations across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, 14-18 NOW commissions large-scale special projects. These are selected to encourage people from every community to reflect on how the First World War has shaped today’s world and our attitudes to conflict now.

Many of the events are free, and their interactive website is designed to encourage the active participation of young people. Events are taking place on both a national and regional scale, across all art-forms and digital media

The programme runs for three years; 2014, 2016 and 2018.

For each of these key dates, 14-18 NOW presents a season of commissioned events around the UK over 6-8 weeks.

14-18 NOW is an independent programme hosted within Imperial War Museums and receives public funding from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

Read more about 14-18 NOW on their official website.