‘Lasting Impressions’ is a free workshop hosted by researchers at the University of Sheffield and a visual artist. It is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a baby (during pregnancy or after birth) and who would like the opportunity to remember their baby. Please note that we welcome parents and other family members too.
We’d like participants to bring a memory object with them to the workshop. In small groups of 4-5 we’ll invite you to tell the group about the item and to say a bit about why it is important to you. We realise that people’s experiences of loss are different, and understand that not everyone will have an object that belonged to their baby. We are interested in hearing about a variety of memory items, so please bring along anything you like that reminds you of your baby. With your permission we would like to take photos of these items for our project exhibition, and we’ll ask you about this on the day.
After spending some time chatting in small groups there will be the opportunity to take part in creative activities such as making an ‘impression’ of your object for inclusion in the project exhibition (no particular artistic skills required!). There will also be a short talk from the research team about their current project on early-life loss and experiences of post-mortem.
To make sure we keep the event informal and so everyone has a chance to share their story, we have limited places to 25 people. Warm drinks and cakes will be provided.
We look forward to meeting you.
Julie Ellis, Kate Reed, Elspeth Whitby and Hugh Turvey.