Next Step were invited to contribute a visual art exhibition to Leeds City Council’s 2016 commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day, at the Town Hall. The national theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 was ‘Heroes’ and the group also took this as their theme. Taking as a starting point a Nazi propaganda poster which stated ‘60,000 reichsmarks is what this person with a hereditary disorder costs the State each year. Citizen, this should be your money!’
In response, the group produced pictures of people that they found inspiring, be it their own father, the emergency services, Julia Piggott, Jake the Neverland Pirate, Ronnie the Rhino, or Darth Vader.
On the day, Ella Schofield read out a commitment and lit a candle on stage at the Town Hall. Ella read out the following commitment;
‘We pledge to strengthen our efforts to promote education and research about the Holocaust and other genocides. We will do our utmost to make sure that the lessons of such events are fully learnt.’
Artists: Adam Bates, Alicia Rywczuk, Colleen Ward, Conor Van Der Wert, Dawn Carey-Jones, Ella Schofield, Halema Khatun, Hannah Nelson, Jody Fitzgerald, Judith Kennedy, Megan Connell, Nicola Lines, Pete Hudspith, William Stapleton.
This project was supported by Leeds City Council’s Arts Development Team.