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Written in the sand
Danny Boyle, who took charge of the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, is recruiting participants for a new national event.

The Oscar-winning director is asking people to gather on beaches on the 11th November to mark one hundred years since the end of the First World War.

The group of artists called Sand in Your Eye have been commissioned to create portraits of the fallen. These sand-art tributes will be washed away as the tide comes in.

Danny Boyle said: "I'm inviting people to watch as the faces of the fallen are etched in the sand, and for communities to come together to remember the sacrifices that were made."

First World War, 14-18 NOW, Danny Boyle, Carol Ann Duffy, Sunday 11 November
Danny Boyle with portrait of Private Walter Bleakley


Carol Ann Duffy, who is Poet Laureate and Professor at the Manchester Writing School (Manchester Metropolitan University), has been asked by Danny Boyle to write new verses for participants to read and recite.

Pages of the Sea has been commissioned by 14-18 NOW. It will mark the culmination of five years of artistic projects - in which the organisation recruited artists to respond to events and stories from 'the war to end all wars'.

In July 2016, 1500 'soldiers' dressed in First World War uniform appeared unexpectedly at locations across the UK. The event was titled 'We're here because we're here'. Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller - whose previous work included The Battle of Orgreave - worked with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

The sculpture Poppies: Wave, will be disat at at at Imperial War Museum (IWM) North until 25th November.

It was originally seen at HM Tower of London in 2014, as part of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. The 888,246 ceramic poppies, represent each British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War.

Other events in the 14-18 NOW programme have highlighted the role of non-combatants and the impact the war had on social and political change.

Fashion & Freedom,at Manchester Art Gallery, showed how the changing role of women in the First World War had a profound impact not just on their working and home lives but also on the clothes they wore.

First World War, 14-18 NOW, Danny Boyle, Carol Ann Duffy, Sunday 11 November
A group of happy girls in an American automobile in London on the day the Armistice was signed, 11 November


Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW, said: "Danny Boyle has conceived a beautiful, poetic artwork that invites people across the UK to participate in a new informal gesture of remembrance on the centenary of Armistice Day."

All primary schools across the UK will receive free 14-18 NOW learning resources to support this artistic commission.

After the Armistice was signed on 11 November 1918, the Treaty of Versailles was held in the Palace of Versailles' Hall of Mirrors, in June 1919. Historians have debated how far the sanctions and war-guilt clauses imposed on Germany, created a breeding ground of resentment which the Nazis exploited in their rise to power.

For more information on how to get involved in Danny Boyle's project see
www.pagesofthesea.org.uk
#PagesoftheSea



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Why? Help Danny Boyle Commemorate War and Armistice
When: November 2018
Where: Nationwide
Cost: Free
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