Flames for humanity's heroes: an art commission for UK-based community groups
Friday, 11 September, 2015


Basildon CSS flame artwork for HMD 2015

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) is seeking 12 community arts groups, or organisations who work with community groups, to create a commissioned artwork for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2016.

In keeping with our theme Don't stand by, the artworks created will honour someone who didn't stand by historically, or doesn't stand by today when faced with prejudice, persecution and hatred - the behaviours in society which can lead to genocide. 

The artworks will be inspired by or incorporate a flame, based on the HMD logo, and the collection of 12 artworks will be called Flames for humanity's heroes

Visual art forms could include sculpture, graphic design, painting, collage, drawing, photography, film, filmed performance, text as typography - the possibilities are endless, and we would love a broad range of ideas!  

This opportunity is open to all - there is no upper or lower age limit, you can apply as a group from a school or college, a group of friends, or as a gallery or museum. 

Exhibiting your artwork 

Artwork produced will be exhibited at the UK Commemorative Event for HMD in London on 27 January and shared via an online film, on Big Screens across the country, and through local community events for HMD. 

The process 

Each of the groups that is chosen to create artwork will be asked to do some research and pitch two ideas, with costings for a small budget to cover materials and guest artists/ speakers. The maximum budget for each project is £450. 

Groups applying must be existing arts groups with a teacher, leader or facilitator in place to manage the creative process. Cultural organisations can apply to work with an existing group they are already in touch with. Groups should have access to a space to work in, as the project budget will only cover materials, visiting artists, guest speakers etc. 

The artwork will be produced by December 2015, ready to be sent to HMDT for exhibiting in January. We will organise transport of any physical artworks, and we can organise printing or projection of digital artwork as necessary. 

Apply now 

To apply to be part of this project, please download and complete the application form, and email it to arts@hmd.org.uk

The deadline for applications is Monday 5 October.

If you have any enquiries, please contact Arts Coordinator Alex Murphy on arts@hmd.org.uk. Please note, Alex works part time, so leave at least a week to receive a reply.