The Hofkerk in Amsterdam Oost is named after the holy Martyrs of Gorcum. These 19 martyrs were hanged in 1572 in Den Briel, near Rotterdam. In 1867 they were declared holy by the Catholic Church. In 2017 a 150 years jubilee was commemorated. It took a long time to think how we could give this jubilee its shape.
With a project group we came to three separate projects:
• The publication of a book about martyrdom and its meaning in the society of today:
‘To stand for your belief – martyrdom as a binding concept.’
• An exhibition with objects from the Gorcums museum and various churches.
• And a project with children about their ‘heroes’. The children were shown around the church and asked to focus especially on the stained-glass windows. Two questions were put before them: When are you a hero? Who is your hero?
With the help of art teacher and glass artist Marjolijn Wigbold, the children themselves made a stained glass window of their hero and wrote a story about it. This last project again was in cooperation with Stichting Kunsteducatie de Rode Loper.
In December 2018 they published a pocketbook consisting of the most beautiful stained glass windows of the children with their accompanying story. From the preface:
Here they are, our heroes. No matter how different they are, they pull you in, they attract you, give you a boost, stimulate your imagination. Be inspired by this collection and add your own hero to it. Heroes – we can’t do without!