Gratitude, UK 2021
Gratitude was a spectacular public art installation, created by global public art producers Wild in Art, which honoured and paid tribute to the ongoing courage and dedication of NHS Staff and all key workers during the pandemic and captured the extraordinary experiences that have connected us through these most challenging of times.
Free to visit, the exhibition was curated in partnership with creative ambassador Dame Zandra Rhodes and consisted of 51 sculptures, all designed by professional artists and designers from across the UK.
Enclosed by mirrors on two sides, Gratitude created infinite reflections of the stunning artwork highlighting the endless dedication of all key workers, and enabled visitors to become part of an immersive experience and reflecting the contributions of the entire population.
Visitors could also listen to a selection of real-life stories recorded by a host of well-known voices including singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, Adil Ray OBE and actors Julie Hesmondhalgh, Ciarán Griffiths, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Christopher Eccleston, John Thomson and Shobna Gulati.
Gratitude was at Chamberlain Square, Paradise Birmingham from 20-30 August 2021 before it moved to visit Manchester, Edinburgh and London.
In autumn 2021, the sculptures were auctioned with substantial proceeds donated to NHS Charities Together (Registered Charity Number 1186569), which supports the NHS, including its hospitals, ambulance services, community and mental healthcare providers and vital partnerships.
Location: Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and London
Trail: Birmingham (20-30 August), Manchester (3-12 September), Edinburgh (17-26 September) and London (1-10 October)
Partner: NHS Charities Together
Event website: thisisgratitude.co.uk – reserve your free tickets now