#GreatWarMK commemorations in Simpson see individual stories of soldiers to mark their anniversaries

Arthur Eaton Commemoration

Individual stories of the soldiers named on the War Memorial in Simpson village, Milton Keynes are being written up and presented on the anniversary of each death.  Having researched the lives and service history of each soldier, Peter Barnes, has collated the information to produce these moving memorials to the men that served in the Great War from this small village.

The image above shows Arthur Eaton’s memorial (anniversary 20th November), which can be viewed here: Arthur Rose

William Eaton has also been commemorated in this way (anniversary 1st September), his document can be viewed here: William Eaton

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#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