The Art Of Grieving


The Art of Grieving exhibitions provide artists with a forum to 

share work related to bereavement, loss and death. 

Upcoming events

The Art of Grieving Festival 2022
 Exhibition and Events  May - Sept 2022

Private View 26th May
Open 27th May - 4th Sept 2022 
St Albans Museum + Gallery 
(Free admission)

Artists :- 
Submissions close on the 31st January
Contact Kate at

See information below about planned events
The Art of Grieving workshops
New dates to be announced in 2022. 

Exhibition news!

Gary Andrews will be taking part in the 2022 exhibition.

Gary Andrews (A.K.A. GaryScribbler) is a professional artist, cartoonist and animator who was unexpectedly widowed when his wife, Joy,  suddenly died in late 2017. He has documented the grief journey online with a series of daily cartoons which have gained a large following on social media. In September 2020 his book Finding Joy, which charts the journey he and his children have taken since Joy's death, was published to great acclaim.

Finding Joy by Gary Andrews 

The Ollie Foundation and The Art of Grieving present:
Finding Magic 
by Beverley Bishop

Saturday 25th June at the Trestle Arts Base Theatre, St Albans

Do you believe in Magic?

This amazingly poignant and unique show, which has been to the Edinburgh Fringe, was created by Beverley about her journey with grief following the death of her son, Jess Fairweather, who took his own life in October 2018, aged 20.  

In October 2020 Beverley said, “Finding Magic is about my ups and downs and the grief process so far, but it’s also broader than that it’s about finding life force, finding magic and looking at what it is that makes us feel alive. ''

C Arts said 'Equal parts moving and magical, Finding Magic is a story of loss, longing, love and laughter.'


Good Grief  

Ugly Bucket Theatre

Ugly Bucket and The Art of Grieving present 
Good Grief 
Wednesday 20th July  2022 at the Abbey Theatre, St Albans

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.

Death Cafe dates to be announced...

Two Death Cafes will be held at the St Albans Museum and Gallery During the exhibition.

What is a Death Cafe?
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. The  objective is to offer an accessible, respectful and confidential space for discussion of this subject  'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'. 

A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session. 
The Death Cafes movement has spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australasia -  since September 2011 there have been 13569 Death Cafes in 81 countries. 

To learn more  Death Cafes visit


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