The Art of Grieving exhibitions enable artists working in any medium to share work related to this issue. This coming together of artist and audience generates new and important human connections around a shared desire to explore the subject of grief and loss.
The Art of Grieving workshops offer the opportunity to come to a supportive environment to learn new art techniques and create a piece of work either in memory of a loved one, or in contemplation of a loss. The first workshops were held in September/October 2018 and proved to be a great success. Sadly, Covid-19 prevented the workshops planned for Autumn 2020 from going ahead.
The sharing of artwork with an audience can be a valuable part of the bereavement process and encourages communication with those impacted by their work. However, the Art of Grieving is not just for artists. The aim of our exhibitions and workshops is to spark conversation and encourage openness; we hope those who attend will reflect on the creative works and be empowered to speak to others about their thoughts and experiences.
Bereavement, loss, death and art...
Death is a part of life that is too often ignored or hidden away. At the Art of Grieving we believe it is essential to provide forums for people to come together to connect with their feelings about this issue. We anticipate that this will be even more important in the months and years following the pandemic.
Rennie Grove is the main supporter of The Art of Grieving, having taken over this role from Bereavement Matters, and we hope to continue this collaboration in the years to come.
Rennie Grove Hospice Care is a charity providing specialist care and support for adults and children with a life-limiting illness in Bucks and west Herts. Through their unique Hospice at Home service, available day and night, and a range of day services they support their patients to live the best quality life they can with a choice about how and where they are cared for towards the end of life. Rennie Grove also supports the families of their patients, ensuring that everyone can receive the right support, when they need it, to help them make every moment together matter. Rennie Grove offers bereavement support to anyone who has been bereaved as well as those with a family member or friend who was cared for by Rennie Grove Hospice Care. Coping with bereavement is a personal thing but having someone to talk to can make a real difference.
All donations made during the 2019 exhibition were collected on behalf of Rennie Grove.
There are other charities and organisations which have also supported The Art of Grieving exhibitions or workshops over the last 5 years by exhibiting, publicising and promoting, or, in some other way participating in the events.
Simon Bray exhibited at both the 2017 and 2019 Art of Grieving exhibitions.
This beautiful film includes a contribution from an artist called Stephen Wood, who took part in the 2019 Art of Grieving exhibition.
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. A Death Cafe provides an opportunity to discuss death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a forum for discussion rather than a grief support or counselling session.
A clown show about death is "done in a way that you would never, ever expect or forget" says Grace Gallagher, who is the artistic director of Ugly Bucket Theatre in Liverpool.