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Showing Gratitude 

Showing Gratitude 
Astra Signs has announced its support of Gratitude, a spectacular public art installation that has been designed to pay homage to the ongoing courage and dedication of NHS staff and all key workers during the pandemic.

Organised by global art company Wild in Art and sponsored by Astra Signs, the free-to-visit exhibition consists of 51 sculptures, all designed by individual artists from different regions, and curated in partnership with creative ambassador Dame Zandra Rhodes.

The event, which launched in Birmingham and is available to see in Manchester now, will also tour Edinburgh and London before the sculptures are auctioned off at a later date, when a substantial amount of the proceeds will be donated to NHS Charities Together, which supports the NHS, including its hospitals, ambulance services, community and mental healthcare providers and vital partnerships.

Astra Signs is the official signage partner of Gratitude, providing expert direction on the logistics, design, branding and installation of the impressive event, and produced all brand assets including floor vinyls, toblerones, fence panels and crowd barrier covers.  The Manchester-headquartered company has also produced all 51 sculpture plaques, each one introducing the work, artist, and individual sponsor’s story.

Standing tall amongst the installation is Astra Signs’ sponsored sculpture, Faces of Lockdown, created by acclaimed Manchester illustrator and mural painter, Hammo.  Further cementing the partnership, the two leading names are offering visitors to Gratitude the opportunity to win an exclusive piece of art, designed by Hammo and expertly illuminated in LED Flex Neon by Astra Signs.  Visitors to Gratitude are invited to download the Gratitude app and enter through the app rewards or visit:

Commenting on the sponsorship, founder and Managing Director of Astra Signs, David Derbyshire said:  “Gratitude is a spectacular and visually arresting art installation in aid of an incredible cause.  We’re thrilled to be able to support Wild in Art in the production of the event and to honour NHS staff and Key Workers nationwide for all that they have selflessly done to help others these last 18 months.”

Charlie Langhorne, Managing Director at Wild in Art added:  “We are delighted to be working with Astra Signs whose expertise has been invaluable in ensuring the event is produced to a high standard. Without our sponsors, these events simply wouldn’t happen, and we have been overwhelmed by the support of businesses.”

He continued: “Gratitude is a free event that seeks to recognise and thank all key workers and we would urge members of the public to book their tickets via the website.  In October, all the sculptures will be auctioned to raise money for NHS Charities Together, our beneficiary charity.”




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