Holocaust & Memory Reframed –

The aim of the project ‘Holocaust and Memory Reframed’ was to produce a series of international art installations and initiatives based at the Lake District Holocaust Project over two summer and autumn periods in 2016 and 2017.

The four exhibitions look at work that explores aspects of Post Holocaust arts and culture and relate to “the representation of the unrepresentational”.

Fourth & final exhibition for this project: “yromem”Miroslaw Balka

We are delighted that one of the World’s leading contemporary artists, Miroslaw Balka, agreed to conclude this remarkable two year programme with a powerful installation entitled “yromem”.  The exhibition in The Lake District Holocaust Project premises on the first floor of the Windermere Library building, is open until November 4,  2017.

Miroslaw lives in Otwock, Poland, a town that, before World War 2, had a very large Jewish population and his work remains rooted in the place of his birth.  He deals with both personal and collective memories, especially in relation to his Catholic upbringing and the collective experience of Poland’s fractured history.

Miroslaw has exhibited in leading galleries throughout the world, including the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern, the Venice Biennale and recently in a retrospective “CROSSOVER/S” at the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca in Milan.

Sir Nicholas Serota, former head of Tate Modern and now Chairman of Arts Council England, describes his work as both “beautiful and unsettling.  He suggests that “there could be no finer or appropriate context for one of his exhibitions than the Lake District, the spiritual home of English Romanticism, which also has connections to one of the defining moments of human history, the Holocaust”.



Part 3 – Hidden Threads

The third exhibition Hidden Threads in the series for Holocaust & Memory Reframed  displayed the work of Heather Belcher, a leading Textile Artist, from 6 July to 27 August.

Heather, who works mainly in felt, based two of her large scale pieces on a coat which was donated to Platt Hall Gallery of Costume in Manchester.  The coat was made by Mayer Hersh one of the child Holocaust Survivors in 1963.  Heather visited Platt Hall and took detailed photographs and measurements of the coat for reference for her pieces The Naming & The Named.

Heather examining the coat made by Mayer Hersh : courtesy Platt Hall, Manchester

Heather examining the coat made by Mayer Hersh : courtesy Platt Hall, Manchester

Time spent in the company of survivors is time spent in the company of those who experienced and witnessed events that are indescribable and yet these witnesses hold out their hands to us and try to explain, and we hold out our hands to them in the attempt to understand.

We know that they speak not only for themselves but also for those lost in the Holocaust……

As time passes then the question of how we engage with these time led changes is inexorable and we are duty bound to both honour the testimonies and to be a witness on behalf of the witnesses.

The ways in which we can do this will evolve along with the ways that people will engage with the testimonies. It is in this way that the context within which we negotiate with these testimonies will, in a quite profound way, be reframed.

A vital truth that lies at the core of these witness testimonies will remain though. We forget at our peril.


Arza Helfgott – In Harmony

The beautiful sculptural work by Arza was a perfect inclusion in our programme for 2017.  For abstract and semi abstract work to function it must be the ideal vehicle for people to look and meditate, and for the impact to reach regions of the mind that are contemplative.


The Auschwitz Dandelion

An individual Arts Council Award to Trevor Avery for exhibition, workshops and publication.  Trevor worked with both Rose Smith & Neasden Control Centre.  An exhibition was displayed in April and May 2017.

A print showing the preparation of a rubber sample at the Fraunhofer Insitute for Molecular Biology & Applied Ecology, Münster University.

Part of an exhibition showing image from Kazakhstan Valley where the dandelion was first discovered, together with a photograph by the Ford Motor Company taken in the 1930s.

For further details and more photographs about any of these exhibitions please visit


The Alfred Huberman Writing Award

Nearly 500 entries were received from both primary and secondary schools both in Cumbria, Lancashire and as far afield as Surrey and Sussex. The standard was exceptionally high.

The entries were read by officers of the Lake District Holocaust Project and sent to Catherine Edmunds for her judgment and finally to the Huberman family.  Catherine is not only a writer and poet but also the daughter of one of the child Holocaust Survivors who came to the Lake District – Jana Tanner – and has written the story of her mother’s experiences in the Second World War in her book My Hidden Mother.

Catherine thought that “the best writing was superlatively good”.  The decisions were unanimous and Shirley Huberman and her children, Maurice, Brian & Caroline made the final placement decisions.

More details can be seen at Alfred’s website

and on the Education page at