75 Memorial Flames

75 Memorial Flames

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In commemoration of this landmark anniversary, we are running an exciting project that organisations and community groups all over the UK have been taking part in.

From art groups to faith groups and charities to schools, groups of all kinds have come together to make their own Memorial Flames. Each one commemorates 75 years since the end of the Holocaust, the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews in Europe.

In November a panel of experts met to review the artworks submitted, and 75 Memorial Flame artworks have now been selected to form a national exhibition that will be launched at the UK Commemorative Ceremony for HMD 2020. You can see the list of selected groups and some example artworks here.

(L-R) Sarah Donaldson, Anita Peleg, Kathleen Soriano, Nick Sharratt, Olivia Marks-Woldman

The expert panel:
Sarah Donaldson – Arts Editor of the Observer
Olivia Marks-Woldman – Chief Executive of HMDT
Anita Peleg – HMDT Trustee
Nick Sharratt – Children’s illustrator and author
Kathleen Soriano – Curator and judge on TV shows Portrait and Landscape Artist of the Year by SkyArts.Other artworks

Other artworks

Artworks that are not included in the national exhibition will be displayed at local HMD commemorations around the UK, and groups can still get involved and make their own artworks for local display.

You can see all 75 Memorial Flames that feature in the national exhibition in our online gallery.

Are you interested in making a Memorial Flame artwork with your group for HMD 2020?

You can see the brief that people have been working from below, or download our creative activity ‘Make a Memorial Flames display’.

Read the 75 Memorial Flames Project Brief for some starting points, or download our free activity resource - Make a Memorial Flames display – an activity for HMD.

Please tell us about your artworks or displays by using #75MemorialFlames on social media. You will also be able to submit a photo of your artwork to our online gallery later in the year.