Colleges invited to sign up to this year’s Make Art Not War project

14-18 NOW was a five-year programme of extraordinary arts experiences connecting people with the First World War. Make Art Not War is a legacy of that programme and is aimed at encouraging young people to nurture essential creative skills including self-awareness, curiosity, imagination and their own voice.

Young people have the chance to develop vital skills as makers and do-ers.
Young people have the chance to develop vital skills as makers and do-ers.

In 2018-19, 14-18 NOW worked with Creative & Cultural Skills to place an artist in each of the leadership colleges of the National Skills Academy. Students used a variety of artforms to respond to the provocation put forth by leading artist Bob and Roberta Smith, ‘What does peace mean to you?’

The project worked directly with 1200 students and a University of the Arts Awarding Body (UAL) Diploma study option was rolled out to 213 FE colleges and 44,000 students. The significant impact of the project has demonstrated the value of real-world learning and the relevance of partnership working. 

Now, for the second year running, 14-18 NOW has commissioned Creative & Cultural Skills to support up to 25 FE Colleges deliver the project and work with the support of UAL to engage their schools and colleges.

In Year Two the programme is looking to offer the opportunity to a minimum of 25 colleges and/or schools with the target to involve 2500 young people.

To support the teaching of the project, specific resources have been provided offering compelling exemplar material for the UAL Awarding Body Diplomas, along with practical A Level project assignments and Extended Project Qualification resources.   

Project delivery within each college will be available to take up from October 2019 through to March 2020. Each college will have the freedom to respond to the brief in a way that suits each individual college.  

By early February 2020 we are looking for schools and colleges to submit two sentences for each submission they wish to share. These will then be reviewed and a selection of work will be showcased in Spring 2020.   

Alongside the project will be a PR campaign encouraging individual colleges and the National Skills Academy member colleges to capitalise on any associated publicity. 

Project Management is by Amanda White. Please contact Amanda for more information or you can also send a query to