Wild in Art today announced the tour date, ticket details and the official Manchester location for “Gratitude,” a spectacular public art installation to thank NHS staff and all key staff for their continued courage and dedication during the pandemic.
‘Gratitude’, an installation by global public art producer Wild in Art, will officially open in Birmingham on August 20th before heading to Manchester St. Peter’s Square, a public square in Manchester city center, on September 3rd. The installation will stay there until September 12, before visiting other upcoming locations in Edinburgh (September 17-26) and London (October 1-10).
The open exhibition will consist of 51 sculptures, all designed by individual artists from different regions and curated in collaboration with creative ambassador Dame Zandra Rhodes. Surrounded by mirrors on two sides, Gratitude creates never-ending reflections of the stunning artwork, highlighting the endless dedication of NHS carers and key workers across the country. The mirrors also ensure that visitors become part of gratitude, create an immersive experience and reflect the contributions of the entire population.
Founded in 2018 by the team behind Manchester’s award-winning Bee in the City art trail, Gratitude aims to connect people and communities, artists and businesses, NHS staff and all key employees, and invite people to come together to reflect and express their appreciation show.
The installation will be open to the public before the sculptures are auctioned off at a later date, where significant proceeds will be donated to NHS Charities Together (registered charity number 1186569), which supports the NHS, including its hospitals, emergency services, community and mental health providers Health services and key partnerships.
Not only does the installation celebrate the incredible work of our key contributors, but it also reflects the stories and contributions of this unprecedented year through beautiful art and audio representing the nations and regions of the UK.
Works of art by multi-talented artists and designers from all over the country are exhibited, including the famous Scottish fashion designer Pam Hogg with her sculpture “Courage”, a memorial statue for selfless, life-threatening, endless devotion, the renowned sculptor Andrew Logan with his design ‘Stardust’, by British fashion and textile designer Kitty Joseph, and one of the UK’s leading ceramic artists, Kate Malone with her design ‘Life Force’, which is inspired by optimism and the joy of nature.
Her artwork and designs are shared with fashion icon and London-based designer Dame Zandra Rhodes and other highly acclaimed British artists, including Manchester artist Lei-Mai LeMaow with her “Lockdown” sculpture, which tells two different stories of Lockdown, Guy McKinley, Be part of the installation with ‘Double Bubble, Toil and Trouble’, a sculpture that explores his 5 year old child’s experience of the pandemic and how it was different from his own childhood, Hammo with his sculpture ‘Faces of Lockdown’ which is a collection of recent personalities represents Year and Jodie Silverman with Creative Resilience that pays tribute to the performing arts industry.
Manchester designers and artists including Fernandes Makes with her sculpture “Take Care of Each Other and Grow” inspired by hobbies and the new things we learned and enjoyed during the lockdown, Karis Viola Lambert and her sculpture “Us “which pays homage to all the brave key workers who kept Britain going during the pandemic, and the nomad clan with their sculpture” Digital Conscience “, a design that incorporates digital identity, virtual reality, stimulation and value systems into explored this challenging time. Her art will be part of the installation along with fashion icon and designer Dame Zandra Rhodes and other highly acclaimed artists.
Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Wild in Art, said: “Gratitude will be a beautiful and impressive tribute celebrating the incredible courage and dedication of the UK NHS staff and all key employees and supporting the important work of NHS charities Together. We are delighted, after months of hard work by artists from across the UK who have devoted their time and creativity to helping us produce an installation that reflects our endless gratitude for the care and kindness, our tour of Manchester St. Peter’s Square to make key workers available. “
The installation will also tell real life stories and poems about key workers, a selection of which has now been recorded by a wide variety of well-known voices from across the UK including Manchester actors Christopher Eccleston, Julie Hesmondhalgh, John Thomson, Ciaran Griffiths, Shobna Gulati as well as other high profile personalities such as KT Tunstall, Adil Ray, Hugh Bonneville, Sarah Parish, Norman Cook and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell.
Visitors to the installation can use the Gratitude app and website to listen to the stories and poems brought to life by the actors who pay tribute to key workers. From touching tributes to doctors and staff at Birmingham Women’s Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, to a light-hearted story about a dedicated assistant principal trying to keep her students happy, a railroad worker who went above and beyond her duties to help Keeping People Safe As they commute to a powerful poem about our NHS heroes every day, listeners are sure to be taken on a journey of silent reflection as they gaze at the stunning works of art. .
When asked about participating in the installation, Coronation Street and Broadchurch actress Julie Hesmondhalgh said, “What is not to love? A work of art in public space that gives us the opportunity to thank the millions of key workers who have risked and sacrificed so much to keep society going in these most challenging and heartbreaking times – just wonderful! All garbage collectors, shop workers and delivery drivers; the NHS staff, from the cleaners to the counselors, our incredible teachers and our caregivers. An opportunity to remember, to reflect, to be grateful. I am so happy to be a small part of it. “
Masked Singer 2021 candidate and Cold Feet actor John Thomson said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to contribute to this excellent project. Inspirational and also creating awareness! “
Shobna Gulati, star of Coronation Street and nominee for Best Home Cooking 2021, will speak one of the stories: “I’m very excited to be part of ‘Gratitude’; the installation and the stories it will tell offer a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute and thank all of our key workers who supported us in every possible way during this extremely difficult time. “
Legendary DJ and Martlet’s Hospice Ambassador Norman Cook said, “What an honor to share one of the incredible real life stories that will be part of ‘Gratitude’. The sculptures, artworks and stories combined will be eye-catching and meaningful, and create a much-needed moment of thanks for our great key forces. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. “
Commented ‘Paddington’ and ‘Downtown Abbey’ actor Hugh Bonneville, “It has been a very tough year for everyone, but especially for our key forces, so I am honored to have been asked to be part of ‘Gratitude’. The project will help highlight the hard work and dedication of our wonderful NHS and all other important staff across the UK. “
In order to give visitors plenty of time and space to watch the installation, special time slots are available to visit the website so that an allocated number of free tickets can be reserved for the general public for each city.
Tickets for the first public opening of Gratitude in St. Peter’s Square in Manchester will be available on August 13th from 10am on the official Gratitude website www.thisisgratitude.co.uk.