In 2005 Kirklees Council supported by Arts Council England delivered an extensive project to show the scale of the Holocaust and other genocides. Artist Antonia Stowe designed installations and events, curating the 6million+ projects, which have drawn a wide range of communities together for reflection.
In 2013 a group of students engaged with this via CollabHub, creating a short animation that was then shown as part of the Holocaust memorial event at Huddersfield Town Hall.
Some of the original animation team are now working together again, this time collaboratively with Kim Strickson. They are creating a film that shows two young people from the Jewish and Romani communities sharing their thoughts on this topic.
There are a more photographs on the 6Million+ Facebook Page where you can find more information about the wider project. Also if this topic is of interest to you I recommend looking at their main website http://www.6millionplus.org/.
This is a topic that is close to my own heart as my own grandfather, a Jewish German boy, escaped the Holocaust to come to England alone. So I can’t say how delighted I am to know that our students are involved in this work. Finally, when students join CollabHub it is difficult for them to see the immediate benefits.
The most visionary students understand that small step investments in collaborative partnerships lead to stronger professional relationships, broader portfolios and ultimately confidence in their work, within this community and beyond. I often wonder what these individuals and teams will be doing in 5-10 years.
CollabHub will resume in early October, with a welcome and opening pitches. If you would like to pitch a project, or just come to find out more please join our mailing list. You don’t have to be a student at the University to pitch; CollabHub welcomes all communities to network and present ideas for multi-disciplinary collaboration.
University of Huddersfield lecturer and manager of CollabHub.