Bristol 2014 - First World War

First World War Day, Bristol 2014 and the Arts

Autumn Festival of Ideas 2014


Please note: This event took place in Nov 2014

10:00 - 18:00

How do we create art about the First World War? Bristol 2014 commissioned 20 artists to look back at the war. They talk about, debate and show the work created - from cartoons and writing to photography and brass bands - alongside work by other writers and artists. Full details at

10:00-10:45 Cartoons and Graphic Stories

Steve Bell and Alys Jones present and discuss their 2014 commissions. There will also be a chance to view posters created by UWE students. Book free tickets for Cartoons and Graphic Stories on Eventbrite.

11:15 - 12:00 Visual Art, Architecture and Memorialisation

Artist Paul Gough and architect Elena Marco show and discuss their 2014 visual art and architecture projects looking at memory and memorialisation. Book free tickets for Visual Art and Architecture on Eventbrite.

12:15-12:45 Drama

Director Anna Farthing presents an extract of 'War, Women and Song', an original performance about the Lena Ashwell YMCA Concert Parties, and writer Ros Martin talks about her drama on the Nigerian actor Orlando Martins, who served in the war. Book free tickets for Drama on Eventbrite.

13:45-14:30 Kate Adie

In Fighting on the Home Front, award-winning former BBC Chief News Correspondent and author Kate Adie reveals the ways in which women's lives changed during the First World War and what the impact has been for women in its centenary year. Book free tickets for Kate Adie on Eventbrite.

14:55-15:45 Fiction and Non-Fiction

Novelists James Long and Kate Williams discuss how they have used historical facts of the First World War in their fiction. Jeremy Banning and Tania Hershman (with Vanessa Gebbie) discuss their 2014 commission which responds to tours of the western front battlefields. Book free tickets for Fiction and Non-Fiction on Eventbrite.

16:00-16:45 Photography

Chloe Dewe Mathews shows a selection from her photographic memorial Shot at Dawn, Angus Fraser introduces a 2014 photographic project with students from UWE and Shawn Sobers talks about his project on the sinking of the SS Mendi. Book free tickets for Photography on Eventbrite.

16:55-17:35 Paper, ceramics and enamel

Paper engineer Diana Beltran Herrera, ceramicist Hanne Rysgaard and enamel artist Elizabeth Turrell present their 2014 commissions and talk about the creation and inspiration of their pieces. Book free tickets for Paper, ceramics and enamel on Eventbrite.

17:40-18:00 Music

Composer Liz Lane and conductor Ian Holmes discuss Silver Rose, a work for brass band set to the poems of Isaac Rosenberg. Book free tickets for Music on Eventbrite.

All events are FREE but booking is required for each individual event due to capacity restrictions - see links above to make your booking. You are welcome to attend as many events as you want.

Image credit: Gordon Wright

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