A Matter of Life and Death
In Memoriam – an open-air art installation by internationally renowned artist Luke Jerram – is to come to Birmingham for this year’s A Matter of Life and Death Festival as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week. Presented by community interest company BrumYODO and Birmingham Hippodrome, In Memoriam will be installed as Aston Park in Birmingham between 8-16 May. It forms a temporary memorial for the public to visit and remember all those who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic and to pay tribute to the NHS health and care workers who have been risking their lives during the crisis. The artwork consists of 120 flags created from bed sheets arranged in the form of a medical logo.
A Matter of Life and Death Festival is an annual arts and culture event aiming to encourage conversation about death and dying created by BrumYODO, this year working in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome. The 2021 festival includes an invitation to people to take part remotely by creating a personalised In Memoriam flag. The flags can be made out of paper, cardboard, fabric or anything you have available at home. The flag can be dedicated to someone who has died, it may describe feelings about the past year, or it can be to thank the NHS or anyone else who has worked so hard during this difficult time. This activity is open to everyone as individuals, families, schools or community groups. You can find information on how to make a flag including videos and downloadable step-by-step guides on our website.
Inspired by In Memoriam, a range of online community events are being arranged by partner organisations, including an online flag-making workshop. If you are a community group interested in arranging an online event, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: ‘In Memoriam’
All of our A Matter of Life and Death Festival events are designed to encourage people to engage in open and honest conversations about death, dying and their experiences during COVID-19 and we have resources available to help facilitate these discussions. This year’s A Matter of Life and Death Festival also includes a series of online events including panel discussions, a Death Café and a Grief Gathering. Places are free but need to be booked in advance – please see our website for details.
In Memoriam in Birmingham is supported by Arts Council England, Without Walls, Birmingham City Council, Aston Hall and A Natural Undertaking.
For full details see https://brumyodo.org.uk/2021-in-memoriam/