The unveiling of conceptual artist and poet Robert Montgomery’s latest work to celebrate the launch of Paper Peace, a mobile art installation which takes the form of a 14-foot-high illuminated poem, will take place in Southwark in November. The Scottish-born, poet, artist and sculptor is known for his spectacular site-specific installations created from light and text, which he has exhibited across Europe and Asia.
Marking the beginning of a year-long celebration of peace from Emergency Exit Arts the mobile Peace Poem will then be seen by thousands as it travels along motorways to five cities and towns in England throughout November following the London launch.
Phase two of Paper Peace will see national heritage partners share collections related to acts of peace, inviting communities to add their contributions. Young adults will be trained to work with artists and museums as Young Producers, working towards a 2019 finale which will transform town centres with large-scale professional artworks based on the stories unearthed.
Speaking about Paper Peace, Emergency Exit Arts Artistic Director Deb Mullins said, “A couple of years ago, when I was asked to think about the WWI centenary commemorations, I found an old photograph of my Great Aunt as a child at a peace tea on the street where I grew up. They were celebrating the rebuilding of peace in Europe. I learned that these were held across the country and I was inspired to think about how we build peace as individuals, as communities and nationally. As artists we feel compelled to explore what peace means to people today.”