In Memoriam, an artwork by Luke Jerram, is being brought to Pitchcroft, Worcester from 10 - 18 October, by Severn Arts, as part of the Arches Worcester Festivals Programme. The ceremonial art installation has been created as a memorial to those we have lost in the COVID-19 pandemic and to pay tribute to the NHS staff and volunteers who have worked so tirelessly to care for so many.   

Created from 120 bed sheets, In Memoriam is intended to be a symbol of local, national and international solidarity, creating a space for reflection, remembrance, and recognition for Worcester residents. 

In Memoriam was commissioned by The Weston Arts + Health Weekender’ with support from Durham University and the Wellcome Trust. 

The festivals programme is part of The Arches – Worcester project, which is supported by the Department of Culture Media and Sport’s Cultural Development Fund, administered by Arts Council England. 

In Memoriam is created to be displayed in open air spaces such as Worcester’s Pitchcroft. The memorial can be explored safely by the public, for FREE, whilst maintaining social distancing. Visitors to the memorial are encouraged to share their thoughts on social media using #MemoriamArtwork. 

Laura Worsfold, Severn Arts Chief Executive said: “Severn Arts is proud to be bringing this installation to Worcester which recognises and reflects on the Covid-19 pandemic and all those affected by it. In Memoriam is a great example of artwork being used to bring communities together and provide space to reflectremember and engage in some quiet contemplation. 

David EdmundsFestivals Director, Severn Arts said: In Memoriam has previously been presented in Antwerp and as part of a well-established festival in London. Now Worcestershire residents can feel proud to be part of an international tour and show of solidarity, particularly when the artist who created the memorial is so well-known. 

Luke Jerram, Artist, said: “Not many people have been able to grieve properly, with loved ones unable to visit their relatives in hospitals, funerals cancelled, churches and cathedrals closed. So, although it feels like we’re only half-way through this pandemic, there’s a massive need for an artwork that can help us grieve for those we’ve lost.” 

Peter Knott, Midlands Area Director, Arts Council England, said: “We’re really pleased to be investing in Severn Arts through the Cultural Development Fund, supporting them to bring ground-breaking work like this piece from Luke Jerram to Worcester. In these challenging times, we hope this installation will bring people together safely, and give visitors space to reflect and remember those we have lost in the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

Severn Arts are looking to speak with NHS workers to share their stories and you can contact [email protected] if you would like to tell yours.