14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions

Manchester Art Gallery

About this project

Fashion & Freedom

Fashion & Freedom is part of 14-18 NOW, a five-year programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. Working in partnership with cultural organisations UK-wide, 14-18 NOW commissions new work by leading contemporary artists across the spectrum of the visual arts and design, theatre, film, dance, digital, music, poetry and mass-participation events, inspired by the period 1914-1918.

Alongside Fashion & Freedom, our 2016 season includes End of Empire by Yinka Shonibare MBE at Margate’s Turner Contemporary, David Lang’s UK-wide choral project, Memorial Ground, which premieres at the East Neuk Festival, Ciara Philips’ Every Woman – the fourth in our series of Dazzle Ships – and the UK tour of Poppies: Wave and Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper.

So far, more than 20 million people have experienced our events. To find out more, visit our website and sign up to our e.newsletter.

Olivia Johnson, Alice Lambert Hallam, Gina Mason
Release 2016. Photography: Layla Sailor
Roksanda 2016. Photography: Jez Tozer
Beth Blears, Beth Cowling, Ben Lewis
Restriction 2016. Photography: Layla Sailor

Fashion & Freedom is presented by 14-18 NOW and Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition was conceived by the project’s Creative Director, Darrell Vydelingum and produced by Jenna Rossi-Camus and Natasha Howes, with the help of Laura Thornley.

Morgane Davies, Carrying 2015
Photography: Layla Sailor
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