Sanctuary offered a moment to remember our loved ones and act as a beacon of hope to mark the rebirth, recovery and regeneration of the whole community.
In May 2022, a unique public memorial was built in Nuneaton & Bedworth, birthplace of George Eliot and home to the country’s largest Armistice Day Parade. Sanctuary was an unforgettable temporary structure and space of healing, built by the local community to commemorate the nation’s loss during Covid. Artichoke, the UK’s leading producers of extraordinary live events, brought their unique approach to public art to the region, inviting people to come together in the spirit of remembrance and hope.
Delivered in association with Coventry-based company Imagineer, we invited local people to get involved, meet new people and learn new skills, both for the build and for the event itself. Sanctuary brought people together from across the area and provided opportunities for employment and training, working through community groups and local partners.
Through Artichoke’s continuing partnership with American artist David Best, local people worked with Best and his crew to build an intricately carved wooden structure in the Miners’ Welfare Park in Bedworth, ”the town that never forgets”. Best is known for his soaring temples, built at Burning Man and elsewhere, quiet places for contemplation and reconciliation. Sanctuary remained open to all for seven days from 21-28 May, offering a space to remember those we lost and everyone impacted by Covid. A spectacular finale event on Saturday 28 May established Sanctuary as a beacon of hope to mark the rebirth, recovery and regeneration of the whole community.