‘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 (including children).
We’d like participants to bring memory objects with them to the workshop. In small groups we’ll invite you to tell the group about the item/s and to say a bit about why they are 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 will take photos of these items for our project exhibition which will be held in Sheffield and London in November 2017.
At the workshop we will invite you to make an ‘impression’ of your objects using paper and/or rubbing techniques (no particular artistic skills required!). There will also be the opportunity to make a short sound recording too. Once again, with your permission these can be included in our exhibition which we will say more about on the day.
Finally there will be a short talk from the research team about their current project on early-life loss and experiences of post-mortem.
To make sure the event is informal and so everyone has a chance to talk about their objects, 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.