On 2 November, we were honoured to support London Poppy Day, hosting serving and veteran men and women who collected donations in return for poppy memorabilia between the hours of 7am and 7pm. We also had The 1st Greenhithe Highlanders Drum and Pipe band perform patriotic tunes on our Plaza over lunchtime.
In total we raised an incredible £12,951.17, beating our target of £10,000 for the day. We'd like to thank everyone who supported this initiative.
To coincide with our participation in London Poppy Day and Remembrance Sunday, our Art Curator, Rosie Glenn, has been speaking with 14-18 NOW, the UK’s official WW1 Centenary Arts Programme. Here is her look at the current and upcoming thought provoking creative events and projects taking place throughout London and the rest of the UK...
Weeping Window at Belfast ®Press Eye Darren Kidd
Poppies: Weeping Window, Ulster Museum:
Partnering with Belfast International Arts Festival and National Museums Northern Ireland, 14-18 NOW is showcasing Poppies: Weeping Window at Ulster Museum until 3 December.
Located within the City’s Botanic Gardens, the setting provides the perfect backdrop for this cascade of crimson flowers. Further displays of this iconic installation by Paul Cummins, artist, and Tom Piper, designer, are planned during 2018. They will culminate during October and November at London’s IWM, full details and dates are available HERE.
Poppies Wave at Lincoln Castle (1) c. Andy Tryner
If you own one of the poppies from the inaugural 2014 display at the Tower of London, 14-18 NOW would like to invite you to join their creation of a digital map showing the poppies’ current locations; click here to plant your poppy and share your story using #WhereAreThePoppiesNow.
No Man’s Land, Impressions Gallery, Bradford:
On display until 30 December, No Man’s Land offers rarely-seen female perspectives of WW1, and features images taken by women who worked as nurses, ambulance drivers and official photographers alongside contemporary images inspired by the conflict. The show also features Shot at Dawn by contemporary artist Chloe Dewe Mathews, which provides emotive insight into the British, French and Belgian soldiers who were executed for cowardice and desertion between 1914 and 1918. Shot at Dawn was commissioned by the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford as part of 14-18 NOW’s ongoing programme.
We're here because we're here in London
We’re here because we’re here, Touring:
To mid-April 2018, 14-18 NOW and the National Theatre are presenting an exhibition at theatres and venues across the UK that tells the story of the contemporary memorial We’re here because we’re here created by Jeremy Deller.
We’re here because we’re here took place on 1 July 2016, when more than 1,400 voluntary participants in First World War uniform appeared unexpectedly in locations across the UK. The participants were a reminder of the 19,240 men who were killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Each participant represented an individual soldier who was killed on that day. The exhibition tells the story of the project through images of the volunteers from across the UK and a BBC documentary charting the making of the project. Click HERE to find out about the current and upcoming venues and dates.
Created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, We’re here because we’re here reached over 30 million people across the UK.
Share your stories and photographs with @RegentsPlace using #LDNPoppyDay.