Coventry City of Culture, 2021
Breastfeeding takes centre stage this summer as The Holding Time Project is in Coventry. This multi-disciplinary, multi-channel, multi-media art project is co-created by mothers, as part of a lottery funded initiative by Visual Artist Lisa Creagh.
Holding Time is a multi-disciplinary project that seeks to celebrate the diversity of breastfeeding in Coventry, overturn stereotypes, challenging assumptions about breastfeeding and encouraging greater understanding and awareness in the whole community. The project includes, writing, photography, video and installation shown in various locations across the city as well as online and on social media:
After a series of six weekly workshops, a small group of mothers created finished pieces of writing that form the basis of a radio program for CWR. The workshop were run by Rachel New, writer and radio producer for at BBC CWR in partnership with Voluntary Arts. The programme aired on April 28th, 2021 as a launch for the Coventry City of Breastfeeding event.
Mothers were asked for their views on breastfeeding, whether positive or negative. These interviews conducted by the artist, will be edited and released on social media as five minute VLOGS to accompany the Coventry events. To view existing VLOGS from the project visit www.youtube.com/c/holdingtime
This new work is designed to raise awareness of the diversity and range of mother’s breastfeeding in Coventry. Mothers were invited to pose for portraits by the artist at a temporary COVID safe studio at Arcadia Gallery in City Arcade in the town centre. The resulting portraits and animations are shown at University Hospital Coventry and Warwick Labour Ward and a two week exhibition at Arcadia Gallery, City Arcade, Coventry.
This multi-platform campaign during National Breastfeeding Week highlights the unsung heroes of breastfeeding – the partners, mothers friends and children who offer comfort and support through breastfeeding difficulties. This campaign will involve the whole city in a community portrait of all the unseen faces behind breastfeeding mothers.