Holocaust Memorial Day - ‘Don’t Stand By: Flames for Humanity’s Heroes’ Exhibition
25 January 2016
The Art Central gallery in Barry is hosting a wide ranging exhibition entitled ‘Don’t Stand By: Flames for Humanity’s Heroes’, to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s arts development team have worked Barry based artist and teacher Nicola Tucker and with primary schools across the county to create an inspirational installation of both children’s and professional artists’ work.
The focus of the exhibition is an installation which sees pupils' pledges never to ‘stand by’ in the face of suffering incorporated into acetate flames which hang from the ceiling.
Accompanying this artwork is a thought-provoking and powerful short film produced by award winning film maker and photographer Josephine Sowden and featuring pupils from Cadoxton Primary School in Barry.
The film has been supported by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and is one of twelve selected art works from across the UK that will be on show at the at the UK’s International Holocaust Memorial Event in London. The film will also be screened across the country on 27 January, Holocaust Memorial Day.
In addition to these Vale-wide activities pupils at Llangan Primary School have created their own ‘Buddy Bench’ in response to the ‘Don’t Stand By’ theme. This will also be on display at the Art Central gallery.
The exhibition will also feature a collection of drawings by pupils from across Cardiff and the Vale collated by Race Equality First, a new work by Tucker entitled ‘Empty Torso’, and work by the artist George Little who has captured his childhood memory of life in Swansea during the Blitz.
‘Don’t Stand By: Flames for Humanities Heroes’ can be seen at the Art Central Gallery, Barry Town Hall, King Square, Barry CF63 4RW from Saturday 23 January until Saturday 27 February 2016. The gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 3:30pm. For further information about this and forthcoming exhibitions visit: www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/artcentral.