We're here because we're here

We’re here because we’re here is the award-winning artwork commissioned by 14-18 NOW, by Jeremy Deller with Rufus Norris.

On 1 July 2016, 1400 men in First World War uniform appeared unexpectedly across the UK. The soldiers were silent, but handed out cards to the public with the name of a soldier who died on the first day of the Somme. The card also contained the hashtag “#wearehere”.

The event had no advance publicity so the soldiers could appear unexpectedly. The digital strategy had to create maximum awareness on the day both before and after the ‘reveal moment.'

The Cogency developed and implemented the digital and social campaign for the artwork. Working with 14-18 NOW, the artists, 23 theatres, partners, high profile influencers, bloggers and content creators.

‘We’re here because we’re here’ has received 11 marketing awards including a Grand Prix and Chairman’s Award.




@cog_design Successful tossing? What was preferred topping? Mine always 🍋 🍋. Missed it this year to see a great per… https://t.co/dPkkU9Nk4d
Another nice campaign for @londonsymphony Enjoyed the film! https://t.co/YTspTvuGpz
Thanks for the reminder! https://t.co/PpdAgB7ims
We completely agree! What an astonishing performance by Nico Holonics last night on opening night of The Tin Drum.… https://t.co/2ubWQRxu7V
💕vintage & second-hand? Our ⁦@marketpeckham⁩ neighbours, ⁦@busseybuilding⁩ & ⁦@CopelandParkSE,⁩ are hosting a… https://t.co/CKLPnu8PwP
#Rainbow over #Peckham. View from the 4th floor ⁦@marketpeckhamhttps://t.co/wqBSCfP9rR
Can’t wait! We’ll be there, soon! https://t.co/PmiJQWdq9J
thanks @SomersetHouse! We'll give it a listen. https://t.co/2TSKhfDknr
We're hoping to pop in... https://t.co/OhMoCjc3pC