Derry~Londonderry welcomes Creative Centenaries conference

Creative Centenaries staged a day long conference at the City Factory Gallery in Derry~Londonderry this week, focussing on artistic approaches to the Decade of Centenaries.

Led by Nerve Centre, Creative Centenaries pulls together information and educational resources around key events in the decade, while shining a light on work being done by Northern Ireland's creative sector to remember and commemorate these events.

An enthralled delegation had the opportunity to hear from leading artists, including Jennifer Johnston, author of 'How Many Miles To Babylon' and playwright Carol Moore, in an engaging session exploring ideas of remembrance and engagement with history.

Keynote speaker Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW, a lottery funded project aiming to build upon artistic responses to the First World War, detailed some of the extensive work due to be carried out across the UK and Ireland in the coming years. 

Waldman, formerly a Creative Producer with the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, spoke of the great steps she and her colleagues are taking to work with a range of artists and organisations to explore how art and culture can help engage with the public during remembrance celebrations of the First World War.

Following a tour of the City Factory Gallery, an afternoon session allowed artists and historians to show off some of the work they are currently involved in while the Nerve Centre showcased the Creative Centenaries web platform and upcoming educational resources, including iBooks, comics and animations which will form the backbone of the site.

These resources will become available from the website soon. Check back for more details.