Nerve Centre presents Creative Centenaries: Arts in the City Factory Gallery, Derry~Londonderry.

Northern Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries enters its third year in 2014 with the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War. As the events being remembered take on a truly international dimension, interest in them has grown significantly. As this interest increases, so does the focus on how we are remembering and commemorating the events of 100 years ago.

The Creative Centenaries project, led by the Nerve Centre and supported by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), brings together information and resources about the Decade of Centenaries and the work of Northern Ireland’s creative sector in commemorating these events.

This free mini-conference on March 31 in Derry~Londonderry will look at the work of artists and cultural organisations in developing projects which mark and commemorate key events of the Decade of Centenaries. 

Irish novelist and playwright Jennifer Johnston will open the conference with a reading from her poignant World War 1 novel, How Many Miles to Babylon. Following a keynote address from Jenny Waldman, director of 14-18 NOW, a panel of artists including, playwright Dave Duggan and actress and writer Carol Moore will discuss ‘How Artists are Responding to Decade of Centenaries Events’. Attendees will also be given a private tour of the BT Portrait of a City exhibition, The Glass Album, by its curator Declan Sheehan.  

Carol Moore will open the afternoon session with a short performance from her latest play, Shrieking Sisters. The thought-provoking Suffragette drama is set between 1912 and the eve of World War One.

To round off the day, existing and proposed projects will be presented and discussed and a range of ideas given as to how communities and artists can work together to develop meaningful and engaging ways of taking part in the Decade of Centenaries.

Speaker bio:

Jenny Waldman is director of 14-18 NOW, a Lottery-funded project that aims to build on the many artistic responses to the First Word War – from poetry and visual art to music and film – and will feature contemporary artists from a range of disciplines.

Launching in March 2014, the project's intention is to 'look afresh at the First World War and the wider social, political, scientific and technological developments of the period, exploring the full range of their resonance today'.

Jenny was previously creative producer of the London 2012 cultural festival accompanying the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Event Details


City Factory Gallery
Patrick Street
BT48 7EL


Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:30

Tickets and further information

10.30   Registration

10.45   Reading by Jennifer Johnston to open conference     

10.50   Introduction to the Creative Centenaries project

11.00   Key note: Jenny Waldman, 14 - 18 NOW

11.30   Discussion on ‘How Artists are Responding to Decade of Centenaries Events’, featuring visual artist Graham Gingles, writer Jennifer Johnston, playwright Dave Duggan and actress and writer Carol Moore.

12.30   Tour of The Glass Album exhibition from curator Declan Sheehan

1.00      Lunch & Networking

2.00      Carol Moore – performing an excerpt from Shrieking Sisters. Using a mix of new writing, original source and related material, Shrieking Sisters is a thought-provoking Suffragette drama. Set between 1912 and the eve of the First World War, it explores personal journeys set against the broader backdrop of historic events and the struggle for emancipation.

2.20     ‘Show-and-Tell’ – Projects and Artists Responding to the Decade of Centenaries

Kathryn O'Neill, BEAM

Philip Orr

Padraig Coyle

3.30      Closing remarks

4.00      Ends