This is the final year of 14‐18 NOW, the UK’s five‐year programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. Marking 100 years since the end
of this seismic conflict, our closing season is the biggest yet – and I’m delighted that one of its highlights will be a brand new work created especially for 14-18 NOW by WildWorks.
100: UnEarth continues a fruitful creative partnership that began four years ago. For our opening season in 2014, 14‐18 NOW invited WildWorks to create 100: The Day Our World
Changed, an unforgettable day‐long work inspired by and set in the Cornish countryside. The success of 100: The Day Our World Changed has inspired this companion piece, which is
also presented in the beautiful Lost Gardens of Heligan. But while 100: The Day Our World Changed focused on men heading off to battle in 1914, exactly a century before the work’s
premiere, 100: UnEarth looks at the stories of those returning home from the war – exactly 100 years after Armistice brought the conflict to a merciful close.
Over the last five years, 14‐18 NOW has worked with more than 200 artists and over 300 organisations to present more than 70 projects all over the UK – everything from music to
film, from books to art exhibitions, and from the tour of the Poppies sculptures by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper to Gillian Wearing’s new statue of Millicent Fawcett in
So far, these projects have reached more than 30 million people, pioneering new ways of marking national moments through the arts – and we have found that outdoor, site‐specific
works engage audiences in a unique way. Creating work like this can be challenging, but the rewards make it worth every effort. For example, some of you may remember the
extraordinary reaction to We’re here because we’re here, Jeremy Deller and Rufus Norris’s 2016 work for 14‐18 NOW, for which 1,400 voluntary participants dressed in First World
War uniform appeared unexpectedly all over the UK to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.
100: UnEarth is one of several ambitious, large‐scale, open‐air works on this year’s 14‐18 NOW programme. Others include PROCESSIONS, a major mass‐participation artwork marking
the fight for women’s suffrage, and Fly By Night, Duke Riley’s breathtaking tribute to the military pigeons of the First World War. We are presenting more than 50 works around the UK in 2018, and you can see full details here.
I would like to end by paying tribute to the leading light behind both this powerful work and the company that are presenting it. 100: UnEarth was the last work conceived and created
by Bill Mitchell, WildWorks’ founder, before his death in April 2017. Along with my colleagues at 14‐18 NOW, I’m both thankful and honoured to have had the opportunity to
work with Bill over the last five years. He is greatly missed – but I hope that 100: UnEarth will stand as a fitting legacy to the vision of this inspirational, visionary and generous man.
Jenny Waldman – Director 14-18 NOW