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 association with B Arts, Creative Scene, Ideas Test and Vivacity. Paper Peace will shed light on the legacy of treaties, the fragile nature of peace and the strength of the communities and individuals who work to sustain it.
There is conflict across the country about Brexit. It is 100 years since Europe came together to negotiate peace in Europe. We want to use this important anniversary of peacebuilding to learn from past peace builders and highlight that similar discussions need to be brokered across the country today. Negative peace is about the absence of war. Positive peace is all about the creation of social systems that benefit everyone through the constructive resolution of conflict. We need to respect different points of view; coming together to seek out the common ground; and never losing sight of the bigger picture that unites us.Daniel Bernstein, Executive Director, Emergency Exit Arts
On Monday 12 November 2018 our 14ft high illuminated Peace Poem set off on a national tour to commemorate 100 years since the first day of peace after WWI. The large-scale mobile artwork, created with leading artist and poet Robert Montgomery, has been seen by thousands of people as it travelled along motorways to cities across the UK.
Become part of Paper Peace by booking the Peace Poem to come to your city or event. Email [email protected] to find out more.
Follow our live tracker as the poem travels around the country, use #PaperPeace to follow the Peace Poem and share your sightings. The map will update every five minutes so locations may not be exact.
Paper Peace will continue its mission to illuminate the history of peace activism through a national creative heritage project exploring post WWI archives using the collections of heritage partners including The Peace Museum (Bradford), Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery and Mid Staffordshire Military Appeals Tribunal Index. These important archives and oral histories will come together in a central digital archive and learning resource, which will be publicly accessible.
As we tour the country we will be collecting your stories of peace to add to the national archive. Are you a peace activist or peace builder in your local area? Do you have a story of building or searching for peace? Do you have photographs, placards or memorabilia from peace marches in your area or around the world? Then we want to hear from you.
Visit the Peace Poem in your town and share your story. Follow #paperpeace for details on how to get involved over the coming months. To find out more email [email protected] for more information.
We will unearth the history of peace activism with a new generation with the Paper Peace Young Producers programme. 48 people across the country aged 18 to 25 will receive training from arts practitioners and museum experts in curatorial and event production, learning to interpret a variety of historical sources from the past century and connecting with peace building heritage in their local area. The Young Producers will collaborate with professional artists to help realise their ideas and create a series of artworks that will form part of the Paper Peace finale events in autumn 2019.
In November 2019 together with Emergency Exit Arts, National Partners, The Brick Box, the Paper Peace Young Producers, a host of national and international artists and you, we will be transforming streets and city centres with multiple large-scale touring artworks celebrating the heritage and future of peace.
We will be sharing more information about this throughout the project. Keep following #paperpeace to stay up to date or join our mailing list