On 1 July 2016, thousands of volunteers took part in a modern memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. We're Here Because We're Here was a UK-wide event commissioned by 14-18 NOW, conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre.
Produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and the National Theatre, in collaboration with 26 organisations across the UK, approximately 1400 participants dressed in First World War uniform appeared unexpectedly in a variety of locations between 7am and 7pm.
Working with National Theatre of Scotland, Shetland was one of only two locations in Scotland to take part in the project. The young men were a reminder of the 19,240 men who were killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Each participant represented an individual soldier who was killed on that day.
To mark the centenary of the year the First World War ended Bonhoga Gallery will show photographs and film documenting the impact of this moving public artwork.
Exhibition opening: Friday 19 January, 6 - 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.
All images © Paul Riddell