Still Parents at the Whitworth

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 08:53:00 BST

Baby loss leaves a lasting impression that few can see but those who have experienced will always feel. In October 2019, in partnership with SANDs (Stillbirth & Neo Natal Death charity) the Whitworth launched a programme of free art workshops for those who have experienced the loss of a baby during pregnancy or just after birth.

The workshops focus on art making, providing a relaxed and informal environment to meet others who understand. Participants get to explore and share their experiences through art with the help and guidance of an artist alongside support from Manchester SANDS.

Currently, during the Corona Virus pandemic, these workshops are continuing online through Zoom meetings.

"It is a tough time for all our bereaved families, human contact is so important. Lockdown really brings the pain of losing a baby or child to the complete forefront as people are isolated from their friends, family and other support services." Bereavement Midwife

During the lockdown period the Whitworth have sent out art kits to all participants providing them with the necessary materials, tools and resources to take part in the workshops. In the latest workshop in June participants experimented with lino printing.

A Still Parents participant said: "These sessions have been really supportive for me and I’m finding it a great way to remember my two boys by doing something meaningful and creative particularly through this difficult time."

The Whitworth are still welcoming new participants to the Still Parents programme. If you or someone you know has experienced the loss of a baby in pregnancy or just after birth then contact for more information.

For futher information visit the Still Parents webpage.

You can also visit the Still Parents online collections exhibition

Photo credit: Still Parents workshop, 2020. Photo: Lucy Turner