Posted On: 3 Jul 2020

On Sunday 5 July people will mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS by taking part in the nationwide ‘Clap for Carers’. To mark this moment and also align with the Halifax Courier’s ‘Big Thank You’ campaign, The Piece Hall Trust with Huddersfield born international artist Ian Berry and local aerial photography and film production company Halo Vue, have created a new film featuring Berry’s ‘I Clap For…’ animation alongside a new collection of personal thank yous, submitted by local people.

Videos, statements, photos and drawings have been sent in from across the region to be included in the short film which features The Piece Hall. ‘I Clap For’ was originally created by the artist, whose inspiration was sparked by a conversation with his young son who was fascinated by the regular Thursday evening ‘clap for carers’ that have become symbolic during the coronavirus pandemic. ‘I Clap For’ features an animation of an artwork by Berry, of two hands clapping made from denim. The Piece Hall is the latest iconic building to connect with the work. ‘I clap for’ has been beamed onto buildings from Land's End to John O'Groats including The Royal Festival Hall in London, Edinburgh Castle, The Baltic Newcastle and the Angel of the North as well as across the world in Colombia, Brazil, Mexico the USA, Sweden and Italy.

Following a call out by The Piece Hall Trust, the team has been delighted with the level of response from people with personal anecdotes and drawings, each declaring who they clap for. This includes proud parents of a recent graduate, working on the front line for the first time; the local family of a doctor working in a mobile assessment unit in a hospital and children thanking their parents for ongoing support.

Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, Chief Executive of The Piece Hall Trust, commented: “I was immediately struck by how powerful this project is especially during these troubling times. It has captured people’s imagination and attention throughout the UK and internationally. Discussing the animation with artist Ian Berry, I recognised this as a great opportunity to be part of a worldwide movement, which has captured the voices and experiences of our Halifax and Calderdale community.

Its right that The Piece Hall is the platform to give thanks to our wonderful NHS and the local heroes that have supported our community throughout this crisis.

This follows on the other thank yous at the Piece Hall during the ‘clap for’ period and to celebrate VE day and EID.

On 5th July I will be clapping for everyone – we’ve got through some bad times together.”

The film will be shown across The Piece Hall’s social media channels from Sunday 5 July.


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