World War One: A role for the arts

Picture1The Centenary years of the First World War offer a unique opportunity for artists to take a leading role in exploring the complex social and political history of conflict. The national history of the war will be told through broadcast media whilst the local stories will be uncovered by community projects and individual research; the personal stories of communities and families in the war years will be opened up perhaps for the first time and there will be many opportunities for artists to get involved. The next four years will not be an academic exercise in establishing a final narrative of the war but more likely a period of exploration and discovery. This presents a place for artists to work with communities to develop ways of understanding and responding to their past, to chart the major events of the war and to express their impacts upon individuals, communities around the world.

The Arts Service would like to support the creative sector to explore this opportunity by delivering planning and networking sessions by providing researching opportunities and supporting artists to create projects that engage the county in this major event. On the 24th of May, at 1pm, the Arts Service will host a planning and development event at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre to engage bring artists together to discuss the opportunity and identify potential partnerships. A second event will take place in Salisbury at the Young Gallery on the 28th of June at 1pm. There will be extensive notes taken from this event and papers will be made available.

The subsequent research events will take place at the History Centre on the 6th of September, the 29th of October and the 3rd of December. These events will include a display of official documents, diaries, sketches, and letters. The events will commence at 10am with a brief introduction to the types of records that are held at the Centre and then there will be a chance to view the selections and to have a discussion with the archivists. There will be breakout sessions and discussion groups to explore the potential of the archive as a source of creative inspiration and community engagement.

There are two main routes to funding that we would like to explore; firstly the HLF have announced a new fund to support young people to explore, conserve, and share local heritage relating to world war one; and secondly the potential for Grants for the Arts applications. The normal HLF funding streams are also still available for heritage projects that are not focused upon young people.

To enable us to plan these two events please signup with the following links:

24th May at Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham

28th June at Young Gallery, Salisbury

If you would like to attend one of the research and networking days on either the 6th of September, 29th of October or the 3rd of December please book your free ticket here.

The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre will be delivering a program of activity to support the wider community, please see the website for more information.

6 thoughts on “World War One: A role for the arts

  1. Hi

    Thanks for this information.

    Can I check how long the event on May 24th is? I am really interested in the first world war from a literature perspective which is what my project focuses on. There are many published war stories aimed at children/young people but there will also be many unpublished, local stories which I am thinking about using in a Pageturners setting. (Pageturners runs creative projects/workshops based on books/stories using art, drama, games, discussion and creative writing to dig deeper with themes, issues, characters, settings etc)

    Im trying to get a sense of what will be happening on the May 24th event and whether its suitable for me to attend?

    Best wishes


    Lesley Taylor Pageturners Project 07941 594120 Twitter: @Pageturners_LT

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