Thank You art installation regional Tour
To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, The Royal British Legion is launching a movement to say ‘Thank You’ to the WW1 generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world.
As part of the launch, The Royal British Legion unveiled a giant art installation of 8ft high illustrated letters on the Southbank in London on 3 August 2018 – exactly 100 days before armistice on 11 November 2018. The letters showcase a unique design by acclaimed artist, Sarah Arnett, which brings the war’s legacies to life and showcases the six ‘Thank You’ themes: the Commonwealth, women, children, the arts, pioneers and the Armed Forces. From the “Munitionettes” who served in weapons factories to Indian infantrymen who served on the Western Front, from schoolgirls farming the fields to renowned war artists such as Paul Nash, a collage of images honours the diverse contribution of the First World War generation.
The back and sides of the letters are a white canvas, and we invite the public to write personal messages of thanks directly onto the installation. These messages will be recorded and displayed on the Legion’s website.
The installation is also going to head on a UK tour to the following locations over the next month. Please do come along and write your own message of thanks, whether it be to a family member, friend, or a member of your community, and join us in saying ‘Thank You’ to the WW1 generation!
The dates that the installation will be touring the UK are:
13 August – PLYMOUTH, Plymouth Hoe
15 August – BIRMINGHAM, Victoria Square
17 August – DUNDEE, City Hall
20 August – BELFAST, Grand City Hall
22 August – LIVERPOOL, St George's Hall
24 August – SWANSEA, Mumbles
For further information and to find other ways for you to get involved in the ‘Thank You’ movement, visit rbl.org.uk/thankyou.