Sculptures from the Wild in Art Gratitude project. Photo by David Oates Photography
Sculptures for the Gratitude art installation. Picture by David Oates Photography. 

NORTHCARE Charity will benefit from public donations when an army of sculptures arrive in Manchester to pay tribute to NHS workers.

The Wild in Art Gratitude project, in partnership with NHS Charities Together, will see 51 uniquely-designed human sculptures go on display for ten days in St Peter's Square, Manchester, from 3-12 September 2021. Each sculpture has been designed by a raft of acclaimed UK artists, including Manchester's Lei-Mai LeMaow, Guy McKinley and Jodie Silverman.

The spectacular outdoor public art commemorates and celebrates the stories of key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic and provides local NHS charities with an opportunity to raise money through collections. 

NorthCare Charity staff and volunteers will be stewarding and looking after the sculptures, as well as collecting funds and handing out literature to visitors, between 11am and 7pm on Tuesday 7, Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 September. The charity is still in need of some volunteers to support this event - visit our volunteer page for more information.

Real-life stories and poems about key workers will also be shared, with some having been recorded by Manchester actors like Doctor Who’s Christopher Eccleston, Cold Feet’s John Thomson, and Coronation Street’s Shobna Gulati.

Gratitude went on display in Birmingham this month, before arriving in Manchester, and then will move on to Edinburgh and London. The sculptures will then be auctioned off, with money raised going to NHS Charities Together, which issues grants to member NHS charities, including NorthCare Charity.

To attend the FREE event people need to book their tickets in advance online via the Gratitude website.