Showing at Bonhoga Gallery from 20 January - 18 March 2018, an exhibition telling the story of the contemporary memorial presented by 14-18 NOW and the National Theatre of Great Britain, in association with the National Theatre of Scotland.
On 1 July 2016, thousands of volunteers took part in a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. We’re here because we’re here was a UK-wide event commissioned by 14-18 NOW, conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre.
Produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre, in collaboration with 26 organisations across the UK, the event involved approximately 1400 participants dressed in First World War uniform, who appeared unexpectedly in a variety of locations between 7am and 7pm on the day.
Working with National Theatre of Scotland, Shetland was one of only two locations in Scotland to take part in the project. The young men were a reminder of the 19,240 men who were killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Each participant represented an individual soldier who was killed on that day.
Bonhoga Gallery will show photographs and film documenting the impact of this moving public artwork.
To tie in with We’re here because we’re here, Mareel will screen four films set during the First World War – Paths of Glory, Testament of Youth, War Horse and the new adaptation of Journey’s End – between 21 January and 8 March. More information here.
The exhibition opening will take place on Friday 19 January from 5.30-7pm. Everyone welcome.
Image © Paul Riddell