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Memorial Gestures Residency Programme

Are you interested in exploring how the past informs our actions in the present? Would you like to know more about how the Holocaust has shaped our contemporary understanding of genocide, ethnic persecution, and human rights? Are you interested in intergenerational trauma? Or do you perhaps have lived experience of transgenerational trauma? Do you understand the care needed when working with someone else’s life story?

The Memorial Gestures Residency Programme will support three artists with self-directed research into Holocaust Centre North’s Archive and its survivor community. Holocaust Centre North is a museum based in Huddersfield which tells the story of Jewish survivors of the Nazi genocide who rebuilt their lives in the North of England. We care for the collections of over 100+ Jewish refugees and families. Find out more about our work and the survivors’ stories on this website.

The Iby Knill Bursaries will support 3x artists with £4800 over the course of an 8-month remote residency. Artists are invited to explore our collection by responding to stories and themes they feel have contemporary relevance. We are looking to award one bursary to an emerging artist based in the North of England, as well as to one international artist.

Holocaust Centre North welcomes applications from artists working in any discipline.

We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants that have a history of working with young people, vulnerable adults or elderly people. (This experience can be informal or formal!)

If you would like to find out more, sign up for our drop-in sessions on August 7th & August 29th.


Please email memorial.gestures@hud.ac.uk with any questions.