11th November 2018
Port Bán, Dunree
You’re invited to beaches across the UK and Ireland where, at low tide, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, watch as it is washed away and we take a moment to say a collective goodbye.
In addition members of the public who want to join in can help create silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict. Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem especially for the moment, to be read aloud by individuals, families and communities on the day.
The public can also explore an online gallery of portraits of some of the men and women who lost their lives in the war, and select someone to say a personal goodbye to, or upload a photograph and details of a family member who died. This remembrance can be shared either via social media or as they gather in person on beaches on 11th November.
Artlink is working with the Nerve Centre to co-ordinate the event at Port Bán, Dunree.
We'll be publishing full timings of the day and information on how you can get involved in the coming weeks.
Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, in partnership with National Trust, Activate Performing Arts, Creative Foundation, Eden Project, National Theatre Scotland, Nerve Centre, Sunderland Culture and Swansea City Council.
Supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Big Lottery Fund, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
With additional support from Backstage Trust, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and National Rail.