Exploring parental loss through making art  with Fay Ballard (Lecture)

Exploring parental loss through making art with Fay Ballard (Lecture)

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This lecture will be delivered via Zoom.

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Given the consequences of the Pandemic ongoing at the time of writing  - the experience and effects of bereavement are much more widespread than they have ever been.  

  • Do you want to explore more about parental loss? 
  • How could art help to ease the pain? 
  • Would you like to explore loss, mourning and grief through art? 
  • Do you want to learn more about making art with patients in a clinical setting? 

Fay Ballard was a visiting artist working on an acute dialysis ward at Hammersmith Hospital in 2017 and 2018 and sits on the Arts Committee for Imperial Health Charity delivering arts to patients at Imperial’s London hospitals. In this workshop, she will spend some time towards the end of the session discussing this work.  

By attending this lecture you can expect: 

  1. To learn from a practising artist how her creative process has helped her mourn the childhood loss of a parent.
  2. To consider art as reparation, citing Hanna Segal, Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott.
  3. To consider how memory is used by an artist to make work about childhood trauma and parental loss.
  4. To consider family belongings as evocative objects, referring to the transitional object (Winnicott).
  5. To consider ways of delivering art activities to patients in a hospital setting. 


Fay Ballard read History of Art at University of Sussex (1976-9) and worked at Royal Academy of Arts and Tate. She completed a MA Fine Arts Central Saint Martin’s (2006). After her father’s death in 2009, Fay explored her childhood as a motherless daughter in drawings informed by psychoanalysis. These were exhibited in London and Leeds in solo shows, and recently in two collaborative exhibitions with Judy Goldhill: ‘Breathe’ at the Freud Museum (2018) and ‘Travelling Companions’ at University of Cambridge (2020-2021).

Fay was a visiting artist at Hammersmith Hospital (2017-18) making art with patients, and sits on the Imperial Health Arts committee delivering arts programmes to patients across five London hospitals. Her practice included field trips to record flora growing in specific locations, most recently in Transylvania for The Prince’s Foundation. Fay speaks regularly at London art schools. Her work is held by HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, The Prince’s Foundation, Imperial Health, Royal College of Physicians, Winsor & Newton and Murray Edwards College Cambridge. Fay also exhibited a body of new work ‘In Circles’ at Handel Street Projects London

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This event is open to all.     

Applications must be received by Thursday, 29th September 2022. 

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