In Memoriam is an artwork commissioned by The Weston Arts + Health Weekender for presentation on Weston-super-Mare beach, once the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK has ended.
The installation is a temporary memorial for the public to visit and remember all those we have lost in this crisis. The artwork is also made in tribute to all the NHS staff members and volunteers who have been risking their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Created from bed sheets, the flags are arranged in the form of a medical logo. The number of flags will be designed to symbolically reflect the number of people we have lost this year in the UK epidemic.
Presented in the open air and in windy locations, the structure allows the public to enter, contemplate and explore the artwork, whilst adhering to the rules of social distancing. The installation will also act as a space where events and ceremonies can be programmed to take place under the array of flags.
Touring the UK, we expect In Memoriam will be presented and managed by a series of local host arts organisations. The artwork will be presented around the coast of the UK and on windy hilltops and in parks.
About the Festival
The Weston Arts + Health Weekender is an inaugural festival celebrates wholeness and togetherness and marks two significant events; the joining of two hospital Trusts to form University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW) and the launch of Culture Weston, a new initiative that promotes cultural and heritage-based activity as a vital part of the town’s life.
At a time of new beginnings and new partnerships across placemaking, the arts and healthcare, we look back at Weston’s truly super history as a health resort, celebrate the many and varied opportunities to get creative that are on offer now, and look forward to establishing Weston as a beacon for Arts and Health in the future.