Bristol 2014, the city’s programme of commemoration to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War, has secured £127,000 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This funding joins investment made by Arts Council England, Bristol City Council, Business West, The Society of Merchant Venturers and Rolls-Royce to create a major programme of commemoration in Bristol in 2014.
Most of the Bristol 2014 activity will take place in the summer and autumn of 2014, but some projects are already underway while others will continue for at least another year. The HLF funded project is a core element of a wider programme of work this year. The Bristol 2014 projects include the ‘Back from the Front’ exhibitions, Royal West of England Academy, July – September 2014 including: ‘Brothers in Art’: a show of paintings by two major British artists from the First World War, Paul Nash and John Nash, both of whom served at the front and who were later commissioned as official war artists; and ‘Shock and Awe’, an exhibition of work by artists who have been exposed to the front-line experience of war and by those who have responded to recent conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans, and the Death of Nature, an ongoing series of work by leading contemporary artist Michael Porter RWA. Started in 2011, the series has grown organically over the last three years, providing a timely commentary on the environment.’
Michael Porter RWA ‘The Death of Nature’
There will be 20 new arts projects specially commissioned by Bristol 2014 thanks to investment by Arts Council England. Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England said:
“Bristol 2014 is one of many projects across the South West we are supporting through our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts programme that commemorate the centenary of World War I. The city is planning an extensive and extremely important programme of commemoration that will bring together people from every community in Bristol. We are delighted that our £55,000 award will support the exciting arts programme, which will see 20 artists commissioned to look back at the war and create new work that speaks to today’s audiences.”