A celebration of 14-18 NOW – Make Art Not War

08 December 2020

14-18 NOW Make Art Not War was a Creative Skills Programme commissioned as a legacy programme by 14-18 NOW (the UK's arts programme for the First World War centenary) and managed by Creative & Cultural Skills.

What Does Peace Mean To You?

The programme launched in October 2018 and ran over two academic years ending with an online Celebration event in October 2020.

The programme offered an invitation for young people aged 16+ to respond to artist Bob & Roberta Smith’s bold provocation of: ‘What Does Peace Mean To You?’

It set out to encourage young people to nurture essential creative skills including self-awareness, curiosity, imagination and, crucially, their own voice, judgement and sense of place in a complex world.

How Do We Want The World To Change After This?

The final event, two years on from the original launch, brought together the work, thoughts and ideas developed through the programme under the banner of another timely and apt provocation from Bob & Roberta Smith: 'How Do We Want The World To Change After This?' This was funded by the Imperial War Museum.

A short film where key partners reflected on the programme was also produced.

Further resources

The programme offered a suite of new resources that are still available to access including short films by inspiring artists and a showcase of the work produced by FE colleges as part of the National Skills Academy network led by Creative & Cultural Skills.

A Live Brief continues to be on offer for schools and colleges wishing to engage with the work. This is provided by the University of Arts, London.

If you would like to find out more about the Make Art Not War programme please email [email protected]

“For me it was a learning experience and being part of this collaboration of artists of all disciplines has been inspiring”
Student response to the programme

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