Paper Peace

Paper Peace



Vivacity have been working with a group of 18 – 25 year olds on a year-long arts and heritage project, Paper Peace, to explore peace activism, peace builders and community cohesion in Peterborough. Created by Emergency Exit Arts in partnership with Vivacity, Creative Scene (Dewsbury), B Arts (Stoke-on-Trent) and Ideas Test (Medway and Swale), each partnering city has recruited 12 participants aged 18 – 25 to research their city’s archives to find historic acts of peace over the last 100 years. Using this information, the group have been working together to create an idea for an interactive digital artwork that inspires audiences to take action and do something to build peace in their city. The group are looking for an artist to create their vision, which will then be on display in Cathedral Sq on 22nd Nov as part of BLINK. See Peace Differently alongside works by the other partnering cities and a commission by arts organisation Brick Box.


To find out more about the artist commission and how to apply, find the download link here.




19 & 20 SEPT 2018


DEC 2018 - FEB 2019


FEB 2019 - SEPT 2019


APR 2019


NOV 2019


DEC 2019


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