The Impact of War: Biggest UK Commission Gifts £2.5m to 22 Artists

The Imperial War Museum's '14-18 NOW' legacy fund was pledged from the royalties of Peter Jackson's 'They Shall Not Grow Old'.

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The Imperial War Museum’s ’14-18 NOW’ legacy fund was pledged from the royalties of Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’.


Twenty cultural organisations and 22 artists will be involved in 14-18 NOW—the official UK arts programme for the First World War centenary. Five partners will each receive £250,000: The Hunterian in Glasgow; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead; Ulster University in Derry-Londonderry; and Leicester Museums.

The new installations will be unveiled from 2023 to 2024 and are based on the “heritage of conflict” dating from the First World War to today. The new commissions “build on the successes and scope of the 14-18 NOW centenary programme”, a five-year long series of events that ended in 2019.

Michael Rakowitz, Heather Phillipson and Cathy Wilkes are among artists who will create ambitious new works for sites across the UK as part of one the largest art commissioning programmes seen in the country. The 2022 Turner prize nominee Heather Phillipson will also create a work “affected by the upheaval and displacement caused by conflict”.

Find out more about the commision here.


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