Paper Peace

Paper Peace

Shedding light on the fragile nature of peace and the strength of those who sustain it.                                                                                                                                                                                                            


As global and political events continue to shake our communities, we present Paper Peace, a year-long national arts and heritage programme. Created by renowned outdoor arts company Emergency Exit Arts, in partnership with Vivacity, B Arts, Creative Scene and Ideas Test.

Paper Peace is a national programme of activity exploring the UK’s peace heritage. As we look around and see fractured and divided communities we are challenging ourselves and those around us to think about peace. What do we mean by peace? Who protects it? How do we nourish it? What can we learn from previous peace builders and activists?

Paper Peace has many strands of work taking place in 2019 and beyond. The project launched in Nov 2018 with the arrival of the Peace Poem, an illuminated large scale poetry artwork by Robert Montgomery, which started out in London and toured to Peterborough, Stoke-on-Trent and Dewsbury. In Peterborough, Vivacity hosted a Paper Peace Jam at the Key Theatre with music, poetry and food by Resist! Vegan Kitchen.

Over the last 6 months each partner have been working with a brilliant groups of 18 – 25 year olds as part of the Young Producers Programme. They have received training in heritage and event productions skills to unearth the UK's rich peace building history and commission local artists to create responses. This will form part of BLINK our giant installation touring in November 2019. BLINK will take you on a journey of different perspectives through a series of playful artworks exploring and challenging our concepts of peace building and activism in the UK.

You can get more deeply involved with Paper Peace through the People’s Peace Archive where you can find out more about the project and heritage collections we have been exploring. You can also download our learning resources and catalyst collection created with our lead heritage partner the Peace Museum, see link below.



19 & 20 SEPT 2018


DEC 2018 - FEB 2019


FEB 2019 - SEPT 2019


APR 2019


NOV 2019


DEC 2019


See Peace Differently

BLINK. Explore.
BLINK. Resist.
BLINK. Reconcile.
BLINK. Hope.

Blink. 100 years have passed since the end of The Great War. What does Peace look like now?

Enter BLINK to play with a series of artworks inspired by peace builders and activists from your community and across the UK. Peace is a doing word, what will you do?

FREE and suitable for all ages.

Taking over towns, cities, marketplaces and streets in November 2019.

Tour Dates

9 November 2019
4pm - 9pm
Dewsbury, Market Square, WF13 1DN

16 November 2019
4pm - 9pm
Burslem Stoke, ST6 4AT

23 November 2019
4pm - 9pm
Peterborough, Cathedral Square, PE1 1XB

30 November 2019
4pm - 9pm
Gillingham, ME7 5HB

Paper Peace Learning Resources

PAPER PEACE is a national project that brings history and art together to explore how fragile and complicated peace can be and to celebrate the strength of the people who work to make it possible.

Led by outdoor arts organisation Emergency Exit Arts, the project involves 4 partners from cities across the UK: Peterborough (Vivacity), Dewsbury (Creative Scene), Stoke-on-Trent (B-Arts) and Medway and Swale (Idea Test). In each city there are a group of 18-25 year olds who have been researching the history of peace building in their city and their local community’s responses to global issues.

As a result of their research the groups of 18 – 25’s will each work with an artist to create an interactive public artwork that will be on display in their city centres. The artwork, called BLINK. See Peace Differently will be shown in Peterborough on 23 Nov 2019.

The research of all of the groups combined has inspired a set of learning resources aimed at KS2 and KS3 that are free and available for schools! This includes:

  • The Peace is a Doing Word zine, which helps KS2 pupils think about how they can become peace builders and encourage positive change.
  • Enquiry cards, which can be used to create discussions and debates on everyday things, introducing pupils to topics of peace and citizenship. These can be used with KS2 pupils alongside the zine or as a separate exercise.
  • The Catalyst Collection, an extensive resource designed to support KS3 pupils to engage with the UK’s complex relationship with peace building. The collection explores historic and contemporary peace materials gathered from across the UK in partnership with The Peace Museum, Bradford.

The Peace is a Doing Word zine and enquiry cards link into KS2 Citizenship by:

  • Developing confidence, responsibility and making the most of their abilities
  • Preparing them to play an active role as citizens
  • Developing a healthy safe lifestyle
  • Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people

They also can be used as foundations for:

  • Art and Design: Looking at visual materials created through peace activism such as protest banners, placards, posters and artworks that have been made as a way of communicating important messages
  • English Language: Developing pupils spoken language through learning to listen and respond appropriately and participating actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments

The Catalyst Collection links into KS3 History topics such as:

  • Social, cultural and technological change in post-war British society
  • Britain’s place in the world since 1945
  • The First World War and the Peace Settlement

The collection could be used to develop KS3 English (Spoken):

Speak confidently and effectively, including through:

  • Using Standard English confidently in a range of formal and informal contexts, including classroom discussion
  • Giving short speeches and presentations, expressing their own ideas and keeping to the point
  • Participating in formal debates and structured discussions, summarising and/or building on what has been said

The information provided lends itself to KS3 Citizenship:

  • The roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities
  • The development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch
  • The operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties

The collection can also inspire creativity and ideas in KS3 and KS4 Art and Design. The pack references different artists using a range techniques and their concepts and social influences behind the work.


Paper Peace learning resources can be downloaded HERE

Paper Peace Partners

Paper Peace has been created by Emergency Exit Arts with a brilliant team of partners and artists to make this project happen.

Created by Emergency Exit Arts in association with our national partners; Vivacity, B Arts, Creative Scene and Ideas Test. The national partnership have co-produced this project, each organisation leads the group of young producers in their area and will host BLINK when it tours to their town or city.

We are incredibly lucky to be working with a fantastic team of artists; BLINK is created with Chloe Osborne, Director of BLINK and Associate Producer of the Young Producer Programme.

The Brick Box is a Creative Partner and are creating a new commission as part of BLINK as well as shaping the project and working with the young producers at our first symposium.

Leading artist and poet Robert Montgomery created the Peace Poem with Emergency Exit Arts and remains closely connected to the project.

Our Lead Heritage Partner is The Peace Museum, Bradford who hold an unparalleled collection of the UK’s peace heritage.

Additional heritage partners for Paper Peace include: Vivacity Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery and Mid Staffordshire Military Appeals Tribunal Index

 This project is supported by our brilliant funders Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Roddick Foundation. We cannot thank you enough for your guidance and support throughout this project. Not forgetting of course everyone who plays the National Lottery Players for making this possible.