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Vale of Glamorgan Council – Exhibition – HMD 2024

Vale of Glamorgan Council – Exhibition – HMD 2024

Activity information

Activity type: Public activity

Organisation name: Arts Development - Vale of Glamorgan Council


Pier Pavilion,
The Esplanade,
Penarth , Vale of Glamorgan
South Wales
CF64 3AU
United Kingdom

Holocaust Memorial Day 2024 – Fragility of Freedom
Penarth Pier Pavilion - Friday 26 January – Wednesday 31 January 2024

HMD exhibition Philip Ford - Button Cloth The Vale of Glamorgan Council is marking Holocaust Memorial Day 2024, annually commemorated on 27 January. This year’s theme, Fragility of Freedom is set by the UK’s Holocaust Memorial Trust.

To mark this international event an art exhibition by two artists Nicola Tucker and Philip Ford is being held at Penarth Pier Pavilion from Friday 26 January to Wednesday 31 January 2024, open from 10am to 4pm.

Nicola Tucker is an artist and teacher specialising in conflict and trauma art. Nicola’s piece called; 59,000 Every Stich a Life represents the physically disabled victims of the Holocaust. Anyone with a physical disability or mental impairment became a target for being different. The artwork is a distressed length of cotton material with linear blue stitching throughout. Reminiscent of rail tracks, each stich symbolises the lives of individuals, displaced families, and separation.

Philip Ford’s beautifully embroidered, mixed media artworks are being exhibited here in Wales for the first time. They have previously been shown at the Fringe Arts Bath Festival (FAB), in 2023. There are four works on show by Philip. Two of the pieces, The Button Cloth and The Soldiers Return have direct links to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and are representational the Roma and Sinti victims of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust Memorial Trust stresses the importance of remembrance, reflecting on and increasing awareness and understanding of the impact of genocide. For the past sixteen years, the Vale of Glamorgan Council have marked this event and was the first to address the Holocaust outside of the annual event held in Cardiff for the National Day of Remembrance. Usually held in Art Central Gallery the event has been praised highly in the UK and internationally recognised for engaging the public, schools, and groups in addressing themes relating to Holocaust and Genocide.

Marking this event helps us to remember and acknowledge past atrocities and raises our awareness of safeguarding against future repetition. This year sees the thirtieth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and eighty-five years since Kristallnacht (known as the night of the broken glass). We are also mindful of today’s unrest in the world.

All are welcome to visit the Fragility of Freedom exhibition, to remember, contemplate and mark Holocaust Memorial Day during this week-long show. Both artists will be at the venue on Saturday 27 January with Nicola Tucker also at the venue on Friday 26 January 2024.
We are also lighting up venues across the Vale of Glamorgan in purple light including: The Pier Pavilion Penarth, Pillars of light Barry Island, The Tunnel of Light Barry and the Clock Tower Town Hall King Square Barry.

Come and visit us at the Pier Pavilion, The Esplanade, Penarth CF64 3AU between 10am and 4pm. Free parking for up to 2 hours is available on the seafront. Entry is via the BIG Fresh Café at the rear of the venue.

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Artists Nicola Tucker and Philip Ford, Penarth Pier Pavilion