‘Stand Together’ and get involved in Cheltenham’s Memorial Flames project

Published on 10th October 2019

artwork made with hand prints. A red and purple flame against a yellow/grey background. Captions says 'handprint flame made by Solihull students'

Create a memorial flame to mark the 75th anniversary of the holocaust

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2020 will mark the 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In commemoration this year the theme for HMD 2020 is ‘Stand Together’.

Cheltenham is supporting this important day locally by encouraging groups and individuals to take part in a local ‘memorial flames’ project to demonstrate that Cheltenham stands together to commemorate the end of the Holocaust.

This opportunity is open to everyone and there is no upper or lower age limit. Memorial flames can be made of any material or use any artistic technique.

Get involved as an individual, group, school, college or other organisation to create a flame and the artworks will be displayed at the 2020 Cheltenham Holocaust Memorial Day event at the Municipal Offices at 6.30pm on Monday 27 January 2020.

The act of remembrance evening will be led by Dame Janet Trotter and will include members of Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation, Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community and Cheltenham Borough Council followed by an exhibition, organised by Dr Steven Blake. Tea, coffee and cake will also be served.

Louise Forey, participation and engagement team leader at Cheltenham Borough Council said:  “We are pleased to continue working together with the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation and Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in Cheltenham and to remember all of the genocides that have impacted on our communities. HMD is an opportunity to start the process of creating a safer future.

‘’Creating the memorial flames we hope will bring communities together and I’d be delighted to hear from any group or individual that would like to know more.”

There will be lighting candles for peace, prayers and readings in both English and Hebrew.

Jennifer Silverston from the Cheltenham Hebrew Congregation said: ‘’This year’s theme for Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘Stand Together’ and we shall stand together during our Act of Remembrance, in mutual respect, to remember, reflect and learn.  May the memorial flames, remembering the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust, light up that which is good in mankind. May we always challenge and reject prejudice, hate and victimisation.’’

Natalie Towle, Chair of Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community added: “This is an important event which reminds people of how these terrible crimes came about. We need to be vigilant and intolerant of discrimination, stereotyping and victimisation.” 

For more information about how to submit your artwork or to find out more about the event contact louise.forey@cheltenham.gov.uk  by Wednesday 8 January.

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The flame could respond directly to one person’s experiences, or be a broader commemoration of the Holocaust, or reflect on the theme for HMD 2020: Stand Together.

It’s suggested that the artwork fits within the following dimensions:

Maximum size: height 60cm x width 40cm x depth 20cm (equivalent to A2 paper size) Maximum weight: 5kg

Your Memorial Flame can be made of any material or use any artistic technique. You could use painting, collage, drawing, photography, graphic design, typography, sculpture – the possibilities are endless. We are looking for a broad range of artworks which interpret this brief but if you have something else in mind we would very much like to hear about it.

Links to a selection of historical information, life stories and poems, are available from the Holocaust Memorial Trust www.hmd.org.uk/resources and may help to inspire your artworks.  

What will happen with the art works?

The flames will be displayed at the local HMD event in the Cheltenham Borough Council offices on Monday 27 January 2020. We hope that your group will join us for the Act of Remembrance event too.

Images of your flames will be shared with the National HMD Trust (with your consent) who will have an online gallery of the flames produced.