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Hand of Hope keeps memory alive

Published Monday, 18 May 2015

‘Hand of Hope’, is a stunning painting by 12 year- old Marie Sadler, from Winchmore School. It was unveiled in the Enfield Council Civic on Friday 15 May.


Marie is one of a group of 12 gifted young people at Winchmore School who worked on the school project to produce an exhibition commissioned by Enfield Council for Holocaust Memorial Day earlier this year.

Originally the painting was exhibited at the Dugdale Centre during the week of Holocaust Memorial Day in January, and formed a central part of this year’s Holocaust theme ‘Keep the Memory Alive’.

The artwork was then loaned to Enfield Town Library who exhibited the work in the community room during the month of March.

Enfield Council requested to keep one of the pieces to add to their permanent art collection and chose Marie’s art work which will be displayed in a busy area of the Civic Centre which acts as both an entrance and exit.

Cllr Yasemin Brett, Enfield Council’s cabinet member for Community Organisations, said, “It is a privilege for me to unveil Marie’s picture which will be seen by many people as they pass through to the Civic Centre.

“The exhibition was a real treat for everyone. It was powerful, moving and accomplished showing real understanding of the subject and an intelligent interpretation of the theme. The young artists can all be tremendously proud of their contribution to this very successful event and exhibition.”

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection, added, “Winchmore School has special status for the arts and encourages young people to pursue these subjects with enthusiasm.

“Head of Art, Alison Grassham, is to be congratulated for planning a research week for the group, who in just two days composed and created a superb exhibition. It is not surprising to hear comments that it was ‘marvellous’ and that it captured the spirit of ‘Keep the Memory Alive.”

Summarising her work, Marie wrote:
“I feel that degenerate art should be shown more and it is not because of the Nazis. I chose this piece because it stood out to me as being an example of art illustrating life during World War Two.

“My artwork represents the hope within the Holocaust and I want people to see the story in my work. ‘Keep the Memory Alive’ is a way to show that the past is just as important as the present and future, we will never forget.”

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