People invited to take part in art project – from their homes

People from across Birmingham are being invited to use their time at home to unleash their creative energy and be part of a unique artwork to celebrate the 110th anniversary of John Taylor Hospice.

Fleeting Moments will be staged at Library of Birmingham in November and December 2020 and will feature work from people of all ages and backgrounds.

The hospice is asking everyone across the city to make their own fabric birds to be included in the artwork, alongside pieces created in community settings.

The birds will then be brought together as a flock in a special artwork in the foyer of the Library of Birmingham where Fleeting Moments will be free to view and visit.

Birmingham-based artists Jane Thakoordin and Margaret Murray have created instructions which are downloadable from John Taylor Hospice’s website so that anyone who wants to participate can make their own birds at home.

Fleeting Moments is being created during the 110th anniversary year of John Taylor Hospice which was founded in the city in 1910. One of the oldest hospices in the country, John Taylor teams have been caring for generations of local families through two world wars, economic hardships and numerous changes to health care.

Founded by philanthropists in Birmingham and led by pioneer Mary Darby Sturge, the hospice is named after leading doctor and gynaecologist John Taylor who worked in the city and died in 1910. More than a hundred years later the hospice still relies on donations from the public to provide care.

Hospice Head of Brand and Media Diane Parkes says: “This is a landmark year for John Taylor Hospice and Fleeting Moments is a way for every single person who wants to help us celebrate to be part of our special anniversary.

“Whether people are making birds in a community group or creating a bird at home, we will be bringing their pieces together in the exhibition at the end of the year.”

The theme of Fleeting Moments is ‘every moment matters’ the motto of John Taylor Hospice.

At John Taylor Hospice we believe that every moment matters – even the most fleeting of moments,” says Diane. “Whether that moment is something beautiful like watching a bird fly high or painful like being with your loved ones in their final hours, it is these moments which make up the fabric of our lives.

“By asking people from across our communities to create their fleeting moments we are aiming to bring everyone together in this wonderful project.

“At a time when there is so much uncertainty and many people are confined at home looking for things to do, we hope they will join us in creating their small part in our artwork.”

To take part in Fleeting Moments by downloading instructions and for more about John Taylor Hospice’s 110th anniversary visit johntaylorhospice.org.uk/110yearanniversary