Thursday, 22 October, 2015
Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has commissioned 12 groups from around the UK to create artwork in a variety of forms for new project, Flames for humanity's heroes. The artworks will all honour different people who didn't stand by to prejudice, hatred and persecution during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution, and subsequent genocides; as well as those who don't stand by in society today. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 is Don't stand by.
People honoured include Nicholas Winton - who saved 669 children from Czechoslovakiain 1939, Miep Gies - the woman who helped Anne Frank and her family to stay hidden, and Carl Wilkens - a US citizen who stayed in Rwanda during the genocide to try to help.
Each artwork will be inspired by a commemorative flame of remembrance.
The groups chosen to take part are:
Scottish Refugee Council, from Scotland
Institute for Conflict Research, from Northern Ireland
Vale of Glamorgan Council, from Wales
Walker Technology College, Newcastle, from the North East of England
Kirkham Prison Library, Lancashire, from the North West of England
Castoffs Youth Theatre Group, Rotherham, from Yorkshire & the Humber
Retford Oaks Academy, Nottinghamshire, from the East Midlands
Works4me, Rugby, from the West Midlands
Sawston Village College, Cambridgeshire, from the East of England
Sobell Centre Pottery group (Jewish Care), London, from Greater London
Haslemere Young People's Exhibition, Surrey, from the South East of England
Downend School, Bristol, from the South West of England
The artworks produced will be exhibited at the UK Commemorative Event for Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January in London, and will be shared on city centre big screens across the country.
You can take part too
In November, we will launch an interactive online gallery for you to join in and create and upload your own artwork to honour one of humanity's heroes.