TWELVE Kirklees secondary schools together with Huddersfield New College and Greenhead College, have been leading the challenge to collect more than 6m buttons!
Commissioned by Kirklees Community History Service, Leeds artist Antonia Stowe, pictured, will create an installation for Huddersfield Art Gallery using the collected buttons, to illustrate the industrial scale of the Holocaust and the continued oppression of minority groups across the world.
As well as collecting buttons, students from the schools and colleges have been introduced to the personal stories of Holocaust survivors and local refugees and are making giant sculpted buttons.
The process of collecting buttons has swept through West Yorkshire and is now attracting national attention! Film maker Chris Squire and writer Adam Strickson are also working with the Service to produce a short film Double Portraits that records the shared experience of twelve Holocaust survivors and refugees.
The installation will be open to the public from January 4 until March 4, and the work will be highlighted during the Holocaust Memorial Day event at the Huddersfield Town Hall on Wednesday January 25.