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Residents invited to enter art competition to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Residents both young and old in Northumberland are being invited to enter an art competition to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in January.

The Holocaust Memorial Day art competition is being launched by Northumberland County Council as part of its annual events to mark the national day.

The competition is open to people who live and work in the county and should reflect the theme of “Torn from Home”. Schools are also being invited to take part.

People will be asked to focus on how it would feel to be forced from your home, to leave everything you know to go to an uncertain future. Entries can be in any medium, including paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographs, poems or short stories of no more than 150 words.

The competition is also an opportunity for people to reflect on those whose lives were changed beyond recognition, and to challenge prejudice, discrimination and hatred in our own society.

Cllr Bernard Pidcock, who is leading the Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations at the council, said: “Every year we look at ways to engage with the general public to ensure the message behind Holocaust Memorial Day continues to be told.

“The theme this year of Torn from Home is one which people from many different communities can relate to. The idea of the art competition is for children and adults living and working in Northumberland to show what the theme means to them.”

To enter you should send your name, email address and confirmation you are over 16 and an image of your piece of art to participation@northumberland.gov.uk If you are under 16 please ask your teacher or an adult to send in your entry.

Deadline for entries is 10 January. Prizes will be awarded for the winning entries, which will also be displayed at County Hall during a special remembrance event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Thur 24 January.

Members of the public are invited to the event, which starts at 3.45pm with the raising of Holocaust Memorial Day flag. It will be followed by a commemoration event in the council chamber at County Hall.
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