Welcome to Drawing Inspiration


The Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 Art Competition.

We invited the public to respond to stories from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides through creating a painting, drawing or piece of digital art, and enter it into our Journeys-themed art competition.

The competition had 3 age categories, each with a theme and life stories to explore:
7-11 year oldsKindertransport
12-18 year olds – Forced Journeys / Journeys of Escape
Over 18 year olds – Genocide Journeys

All entries are displayed in our
online Gallery.

04762-GFlight from Fear by Charlotte Robinson: Winner, 12-18 year olds04762-GShapes in the Distance by Emma Fitzpatrick: Winner, Over 18s

Drawing Inspiration Exhibition

We held a public exhibition at the
A-Side B-Side Gallery in Hackney,
24 January – 3 February 2014, featuring Drawing Inspiration Winners and Runners up, and Gideon Summerfield’s collection, From Generation to Generation (L’Dor V’Dor).

Visitor Feedback:

“It was a very moving experience. I’m so glad I came. The artwork is chilling, yet vibrant, and extremely skilful. Thank you!”


“A very informative, emotional and moving exhibition. All pieces will stay with me and have pushed me to find out more.”


“Beautiful and moving. A real journey of an exhibition.”



From Generation to Generation

(L’Dor V’Dor) By Gideon Summerfield

The exhibition also featured a collection of 10 portraits of Holocaust survivors.

Art student Gideon Summerfield spent the latter half of 2013 meeting and drawing the portraits of Holocaust Survivors. Each survivor is captured in biro pen in Gideon’s detailed beautiful style, and they are shown holding an object of their choice that is important to them. Here we exhibit the full collection of 10 portraits by this promising young artist.

“It has been an extraordinary privilege to learn from people now in their 80s and 90s about their experiences as children and teenagers, how they survived the death camps and the Holocaust. For me as an 18 year old, it has been a formative, and at times traumatic, learning experience.”

Gideon Summerfield

Visit Gideon’s website


The competition was judged by an expert panel:

Sabine Unamun - Senior Relationship Manager, Visual Arts for Arts Council England

Suzanne Wright – Outreach Officer for HMDT

Dilwar Hussein – Board member for HMDT

Gideon Summerfield – Artist

Find out more

To find out more about the work of Holocaust Memorial Day, visit www.hmd.org.uk.