Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 - 75th Anniversary Project

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. In commemoration of this landmark anniversary, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust ran an exciting project for organisations and community groups all over the UK to take part in.

Schools were invited from across the country to make their own Memorial Flames. Each one will commemorate 75 years since the end of the Holocaust, the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews in Europe.

From those entered across the UK  75 of the Memorial Flame artworks have been selected  to form a national exhibition that will be launched at the UK Ceremony for HMD 2020. We are proud to announce that a piece created by Beth and Skye was chosen and will be displayed.

The expert panel’s selection of Memorial Flames was based on the following criteria:

  • The final 75 Memorial Flames will commemorate and demonstrate the wide range of experiences of the Holocaust - the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews of Europe.
  • Memorial Flames must not exceed the size and weight guidelines that were specified in the project brief:
    Maximum size: height 60cm x width 40cm x depth 20cm
    Maximum weight: 5kg
  • Memorial Flames must be good quality and robust
  • The 75 selected Memorial Flames will represent the diversity of groups that have taken part in the project.
  • The 75 selected Memorial Flames will demonstrate the broad geographic range of participants from across the UK.
  • The 75 selected Memorial Flames will have been made from a wide variety of materials and demonstrate a range of interpretations to the brief.

The judges unanimously selected Beth and Skye's work from Year 13 for exhibition. Arrangements will be made shortly for it to be collected and transported to London.

Judging Panel  (left to right):
Sarah Donaldson - Arts editor of the Observer
Anita Peleg (Panel Chair) - HMDT Trustee, educator, and the daughter of Holocaust survivor and artist Naomi Blake
Kathleen Soriano - Arts curator and judge of SkyArts Portrait and Landscape Artist of the year
Nick Sharratt - Children’s illustrator and author
Olivia Marks-Woldman - HMDT Chief Executive