The Art Of Grieving

Exhibitions

The Art of Grieving exhibitions provide artists with a forum to 

share work related to bereavement, loss and death. 

Exhibitions for creative expressions of bereavement and loss...

Can art empower people to express their feelings about loss?

Have we lost the art of grieving?

Why is talking about death so taboo and can art help break the taboo?

 

Find out about the 2022 exhibition and festival events 

 

 

 

Art of Grieving Festival 2022 - exciting news!

Book now to see this amazing show at the Abbey Theatre on Wednesday 20th July 8pm, before its 3 week run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival...

A dying man’s last wish: for his friends to create a show about death. 'It’s fast, it’s funny and it plumbs the emotional depths exquisitely... exciting, innovative work' - The Stage

Featured by BBC Stories, Good Grief is a paranormal physical performance of loss, and the memories left behind, brought to you by ‘one of the UK’s most exciting young theatre companies’ – New Diorama.

Profit from the performance will be donated to Rennie Grove Hospice Care and The Ollie Foundation.

Good Grief  : Ugly Bucket Theatre Company

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The first Art of Grieving exhibition took place in September 2017

The artwork on display at this exhibition included paintings, photographs, poetry, collages, sculptures and textiles created by more than 50 professional and amateur artists, as well as art groups. Many of the pieces had been created as a response to emotionally harrowing times. The images seen here are a small selection of work that was on display in the 2017 exhibition. 

Some of the artwork was self-explanatory, but in most cases artists had written a short explanation or description to accompany their creations. 

One artist wrote  'Five years ago we suddenly lost our 22-year-old daughter to a form of sepsis and my art and creativity has helped me enormously in my grieving process.' 

Another artist said: ' I was 7 years old when my mother was diagnosed with cancer and 14 when she died, but the aftermath was more than we had mentally prepared for. The day after the funeral my father had a heart attack and spent a month in hospital. Disorientated, with no one at the helm, our family disintegrated as we all tried to cope individually with our grief. I am not sure I have ever got over the deaths that I have known, just incorporated them into my life. My artwork is like a diary of my trying to make sense of the world'.

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The second Art of Grieving exhibition was held in September 2019

 Artwork created by both professional and amateur artists was exhibited. The images included here are a small selection of the work from the 2019 exhibition. 

 At this exhibition we introduced a Visitor's book so that people could leave comments. One visitor said: 'Very moving exhibition, inspiring me to paint after the loss of my darling husband'. Another wrote: 'Fantastic exhibition! So much honesty and creative expression' and another commented: 'Superb exhibition, allowing the feelings of grief (loss, anger, fear etc.) to be expressed in a non-verbal way and allowing the 'listener' to understand, a little, of what it feels like.'

 We also introduced a 'memory tree' and provided white paper doves strung with ribbon so that visitors who wished to could write a message to a loved one and hang it on the tree. 

A further addition  to the 2019 exhibition was a seated area with tea/coffee and cake (for a small donation) so that visitors could sit and chat to each other or to one of the bereavement specialist 'listeners' we had in attendance.