In a ground-breaking collaboration, world-renowned British photographer Rankin has partnered with Hospice UK to present the #IRemember exhibition at the Ann Robertson Centre, Canterbury. Scheduled from December 2–6, this poignant collection of portraits coincides with National Grief Awareness Week, offering a unique opportunity to engage in open conversations about loss, memory, and the human experience.
Rankin, celebrated for his work at the cultural forefront, has captured iconic figures like Madonna, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Kate Moss, Kendall Jenner, and Queen Elizabeth II through his lens. However, his latest endeavour takes a deeply personal turn, as he collaborates with Hospice UK to create a series of eight portraits exploring the intricacies of grief. Each portrait weaves together the images of those who have passed, with the cherished memories of their loved ones, providing a creative exploration of diverse bereavement experiences.
The Ann Robertson Centre, Pilgrims Hospices Education and Training Centre, will host the exhibition, displaying the portraits alongside the connecting stories that give them life. Rankin, reflecting on the power of photography in dealing with death, states: “Photographs are like time capsules, which means photography can be very powerful in dealing with death and loss.” He emphasises the emotional connection photography provides across time and space, enabling individuals to keep their loved ones alive in memory.
Throughout Grief Awareness Week, the #IRemember exhibition will be accessible to Pilgrims Hospices service users, staff, and volunteers as part of Pilgrims Stepping Stones bereavement services. This initiative aims to foster dialogue and reflection on the universal topic of grief.
Helen Bennett, CEO of Pilgrims Hospices, expresses her enthusiasm for the event, stating: “We are delighted to be hosting this wonderful exhibition at the Ann Robertson Centre, Canterbury. It is an amazing opportunity to showcase the work of a world-renowned artist while also encouraging our local community to open up the conversation around death, dying, and grief.”
The exhibition invites viewers to explore the multifaceted aspects of grief and loss, providing a space for connection with the raw and emotional narratives of each individual featured. Helen encourages the local community to engage with the exhibition, saying: “We hope many people will come and experience this wonderful opportunity to view such poignant images.”
Photographs are like time capsules, which means photography can be very powerful in dealing with death and loss
Don’t miss this special opportunity to witness and discuss an important collection of real-life portraits and stories, capturing the essence of death and the enduring memories of loved ones left behind.
Pilgrims Hospices cares for thousands of local people each year, free of charge, during the most challenging time in their lives. They offer care and support in people’s own homes, in the community, and in their inpatient units, as well as running a 24-hour advice line.