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.
PAPER PEACE POEM TOUR
19 & 20 SEPT 2018
OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
DEC 2018 - FEB 2019
FEB 2019 - SEPT 2019
PAPER PEACE SYMPOSIUM
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.
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 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 and enquiry cards link into KS2 Citizenship by:
They also can be used as foundations for:
The Catalyst Collection links into KS3 History topics such as:
The collection could be used to develop KS3 English (Spoken):
Speak confidently and effectively, including through:
The information provided lends itself to KS3 Citizenship:
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 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.