BrumYODO and Birmingham Hippodrome present

In Memoriam by Luke Jerram

8th – 16th May, Aston Park, Birmingham

BrumYODO and Birmingham Hippodrome are proud to announce that 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 & Death Festival.

Presented in the open air at Aston Park in Birmingham between 8th – 16th May, In Memoriam is 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 all 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.

Aston Park

You can find information on how and when to visit the art installation at Aston Park on our event page.

Luke Jerram says:

“It’s great to be bringing In Memoriam to Birmingham for the first time and I hope the installation is of value to people who have been affected by the pandemic.

“Not many people have been able to grieve properly, with loved ones unable to visit their relatives in hospitals, funerals cancelled and places of worship and community closed. So there’s a massive need for an artwork that can help us grieve for those we’ve lost.”

Get Involved – Make a Flag

In addition to visiting the In Memoriam artwork, we are inviting people to participate in a citywide community activity to create their own individual, handheld flags.  These 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 ‘Make A Flag’ page.

Make a flag

Your flags could then be displayed in windows or gardens, hung from balconies or put in a community space.

Share Your Flag

Once you’ve made your flag we’d love you to take a photo and upload it to our In Memoriam Birmingham gallery on our website, so we can share your creativity and thoughts with everyone else.

You could also share your photos on social media using the hashtags #LifeDeathBrum #InMemoriam or #InMemoriamBrum and tag @BrumYODO and @brumhippodrome

We hope there will be thousands of flags across the city in windows, gardens and other outdoor spaces. 

Community Events

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 that would be interested in arranging an online event inspired by In Memoriam, then please email us on info@brumyodo.org.uk with the subject line: ‘In Memoriam’

All of the 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.

A Matter of Life & Death

‘In Memoriam’ forms the basis of our Matter of Life and Death festival this year. There are a number of online events taking place including panel discussions, a Death Café and a Grief Gathering as well as the citywide, community flag making activity.  See our events diary for details of other events.

Due to ongoing lockdown restrictions, we know many people won’t be able to see the In Memoriam artwork in May when it comes to Birmingham, but we hope that through the flag-making and other events, everyone will get involved to remember the people who have died; reflect on all that we have gone through and thank those who have worked so hard during the pandemic.

For more information on why we felt we should bring ‘In Memoriam’ to Birmingham please see our blog post.