Look out for #GreatWarMK Postcards

Great War MK postcard

Look out for Great War MK postcards around MK – plenty of activities and events will be taking place between now and September 2015… there will be textiles workshops to create banners, choreographed dance, performances of Your Loving Brother Albert and Nellie, film screenings, poetry evenings and much more.

Join us in commemorating the Great War across Milton Keynes.

Project partners: Cowper and Newton Museum | Deanshanger Village Heritage Society | Festive Road | Independent Cinema MK | Living Archive Milton Keynes | MK Gallery | Pepper’s Ghost Theatre Company | Westbury Arts Centre

Milton Keynes Heritage Association-enabled partners: North Crawley Historical Society | Simpson History Group | Bucks Constabulary History Association

https://greatwarmk.wordpress.com/events/

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Not About Heroes – 19/11 at Stantonbury Theatre

Not About Heroes

Performance inspired by the friendship of two war poets.

Stantonbury Theatre

Wednesday 19th November, 7.30 / £16, Concession £14

I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.Wilfred Owen

Not About Heroes is the extraordinary story of two of the ‘Great War’ poets, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, their friendship, their inter-dependency, their poetry. Through the letters and poems of these two men, Stephen MacDonald’s acclaimed play paints a vivid and moving picture of their friendship and the conflict that brought them together.

One hundred years on from the beginning of the First World War, Not About Heroes is both exhilarating and uncompromising in its exploration of love, war and a friendship that changed the face of British poetry.

Stantonbury Theatre commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 – ‘the war to end all wars’, and remembers those who fell then and have fallen since in service to their country.

Howard’s Sassoon is a sharp and slightly mocking character who clearly has little time for the establishment. His delivery of lines range from the funny and irreverent through to the heart breaking, something Howard does with consummate ease. Ashton is superb as Owen and develops nicely from the timid, lacking in confidence admirer of Sassoon’s work into the self-assured writer that we know Owen to be…Not About Heroes is a moving piece which has an even stronger impact this year and is thoroughly worth seeing whether you know the work of the poets or not”  The Public Reviews

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Explore the remembrance of WW1 on the BBC – resources, programmes and events

WW1 on the BBChttp://www.bbc.co.uk/history/0/ww1/

The BBC have commissioned documentaries, research and drama to commemorate the Great War via the link above you can find their ‘Count Down to War’ Timeline, information about the men who signed up for WW1, clips of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ‘planting’ ceramic poppies at the Tower of London and this series looking at the stories of International Soldiers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0239rlx)

#GreatWarMK Westbury Arts Centre – Call for Artists

Westbury Arts Centre would like to commission 2 Artist’s from different disciplines to create both a performance piece and a stand-alone installation and final exhibition from hundreds of individual textile pieces in a project that will involve the local and wider community to commemorate the centenary anniversary of WWI. This project forms part of a city wide initiative with MK Arts and Heritage Alliance and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The first artist would have a background in both dance and performance and would choreograph a piece of work that would involve participants in creating a spectacular piece of theatre /dance. Inspired by the idea of communication and sending messages, the basis for this piece is Morse code, and more specifically, visual ways messages were sent, e.g. using flags.

A contemporary piece of performance would involve the community coming together to create a piece of work that possibly spells out a message, It would involve researching code and ways of communicating, and messages that were sent or that become relevant whilst researching the history and stories of those taking part.

The artist should have a proven track record of working with a diverse range of community groups, be able to work independently and when needed with a team of volunteers. The chosen artist should be able to spend a percentage of their time in Milton Keynes working on the performance for the duration of the time the project runs (to be negotiated) September 2014 until June 2015.

There is a fixed fee of £3000 available. This commission is open to artists/ performers/ choreographers nationally – closing date 14.7.14

The second artist would have a background in mixed media and textiles and would work with all those involved to create a series of flags. Each piece would be unique to the individual, possibly incorporating text and imagery, colour and pattern. Poetry of the era would be discussed, and those taking part would be encouraged to research the First World War and the ways messages were sent and the impact of the words in a message.

Sewing was something that both men and women were involved in doing wether repairing clothes in the trenches or embroidering a message. Recycling fabric and being creative with found empheria was common place. The flags created will be used in the performance piece and then will be displayed in a final exhibition, perhaps sending a message or as a final celebration.

The artist should have a proven track record of working with a diverse range of community groups, be able to work independently and when needed with a team of volunteers. The chosen artist should be able to spend a percentage of their time in Milton Keynes working on the performance for the duration of the time the project runs (to be negotiated) September 2014 until June 2015.

There is a fixed fee of £3000 available.  This is open to all artists who live or work in the Milton Keynes area – closing date 14.7.14

Please send a CV, a minimum of 6 images, an artist statement.

To the Trustees: admin@westburyartscentre.co.uk