We are part of Paper Peace, a year-long national arts and heritage programme considering the fragile nature of peace and what it means to work towards peace, collectively and individually. As global and political events continue to shake our communities, this feels like an important project and a truly collaborative one. It is spearheaded by renowned outdoor arts company Emergency Exit Arts (London), in association with B Arts (Stoke), Creative Scene (Dewsbury), Ideas Test (Medway), Vivacity (Peterborough), us at The Brick Box, Young Producers from across the country, and many more collaborating artists.
The project actually began last year; on Monday 12 November 2018 a 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, was seen by thousands of people as it travelled along motorways to cities across the UK.
In spring 2019 we hosted a symposium in Bradford for the project’s Young Producers. It was a great few days, exploring archive materials, ideas and connections with 48 people from across the country, all aged 18 to 25. The Young Producers 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 November 2019 the project team 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.