Competition Deadline for 1915: Then and Now – 11th September

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What does the First World War mean to you? 1915: then and now is challenging you to look at your local history of 100 years ago and then bring it to life with a piece of artwork.

1915: then and now  is a project aiming to inspire young people (aged 13-25 years old) across Swale to be actively involved in making a visual art response to the first world war and learn how it impacted on life in Swale both during 1915 and thereafter. The project is being delivered by Ideas test, in partnership with Swale Borough Council, and South East Museum Development Programme.

Participants will learn about their local history and discover new ways of responding creatively with the help of professional local artists via a series of free Summer workshops. Young people taking part will be able to submit their works to the competition, which will be judged by a panel of experts.


The award and prize giving ceremony will be held on the 7th November 2015. The exhibition of artworks will travel from Faversham, to Sittingbourne and then Sheppey. 

How to apply:

Please read the Competition Rules and Instructions then fill  in the application form to accompany your artwork submission: 1915 applications form- Ideas Test

  • Find WW1 stories relevant to Swale. It could be a museum object, photograph or newspaper article about an event.
  • Draw a picture, paint it or make a sculpture which responds to the story.
  • Take a picture of your artwork and email with a 50 -150 words explanation about why you made the piece.

Competition Deadline September 11th 2015

Stay updated on the project as it progresses by visiting the online archive where works will be digitally presented:

For further information about the project please contact:

Nicole Mollett

Ideas Test Programme Ambassador