art meets health
The Holding Time Project is designed as an experiment in using art to improve breastfeeding rates, influence behaviour and improve perinatal mental health.
Working across the city with grassroots groups, NHS teams, hospitals, libraries and universities The Holding Time Project brings conversations about breastfeeding to the heart of the community through a multi-platform, multi-layered approach.
Mothers collaborating with artists and eachother, create exhibitions, workshops, radio programmes and social media events that will overturn stereotypes, challenge assumptions and inspire a new generation of families to find their way back to this practice that has given humans health for millions of years.
city wide, from the grassroots to the latest research
Mothers and family members can experience an ancient feeding circle in this moving animation of Breastfeeding mothers
Mothers and maternal researchers share their perspectives on support, breastfeeding in public and other issues in 5 minute VLOGS
Large studio portraits celebrate the diversity and variety of breastfeeding by contemporary women in cities across the UK
“I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for your very beautiful portrait of Sabrina and Isabelle breastfeeding. It is now up on the expressing room wall and it certainly fills me with joy every time I see it and I’m sure it will be the same for our expressing mothers. Thank you so much”
Stacey Zimmels, Breastfeeding and Expressing Team, Royal Brompton Hospital, London
“It’s beautiful portrait Lisa. V well done again. I never expected less but there is just so much love in this shot.”
Karen Janody, Producer, RB&H Arts
” It was heart warming to see the gallery transformed into a welcoming community space where mothers could come and just be, taking time to sit and enjoy the installation and video.”
Lydia Heath, Gallery Manager, ONCA