Baby Loss

Awareness Week

October 9 - 15

WINNER! Kids in Museums Awards 'Going the Extra Mile'.

 

UPDATE:

We are delighted that the STILL PARENTS project won the 'Going the Extra Mile' category at the recent Kids in Museums awards ceremony. There were 400 nominations from all over the world!

https://kidsinmuseums.org.uk/2020/10/here-are-families-favourite-lockdown-activities/

STILL PARENTS has moved online!

The monthly artist-led, art-making sessions are now online via Zoom. Contact Lucy Turner lucy.turner@manchester.ac.uk for details.

“Art helps us access and express parts of ourselves that are often unavailable to other forms of human interaction. It flies below the radar, delivering nourishment for our soul and returning with stories from the unconscious.”

Grayson Perry

Manchester Sands in partnership with the award-winning Whitworth Art Gallery has been co-sponsoring and supporting a series of free art-based workshops for those who have experienced baby-loss either before or just after birth. STILL PARENTS was launched in October 2019 to coincide with Babyloss Week and the workshops have been incredibly successful in bringing bereaved parents together to explore - through art, craft and creative activities - their experiences of babyloss.

"This has been better than a counselling session. It was so good to talk to others who understand" (Participant)

"We got more time to talk to people as we were working...I realised tonight that others have the same feelings as me. It made me feel less alone" (Participant)

"It's a tough time for all our bereaved families, human contact is so important. Experiencing a stillbirth is so complex with so many multidimensional needs and changes lives forever. The feedback I've had and the actual art work that I have seen is poignantly beautiful and moves me more than words can say, they take my breath away and I can see the power of art in action."

(Bereavement Midwife)

The success of the workshops has led Manchester Sands and the Whitworth to plan a STILL PARENTS exhibition to open in March 2021 to run for a year. Alongside the exhibition will be a public programme of events, a conference and a publication.

 

Join a workshop, absolutely no art experience necessary! 

Explore and share your experiences of baby loss through art with the help and guidance of an artist alongside support from Manchester Sands. 

These sessions will focus on art-making, providing a relaxed and informal environment to meet with and share stories and experiences with others who understand.

 Thursdays online.

check the Whitworth website for details of future workshops.

https://www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk/whats-on/events/stillparents/

For more information or to book your free place, contact

Lucy.Turner@manchester.ac.uk