Call for Participants CaM

This interdisciplinary, multi-channel art project, by Visual Artist Lisa Creagh, makes breastfeeding its focus this summer across Cheshire and Merseyside.  Harnesing photography, video, animation, storytelling and writing, local mothers are invited to participate in this collective portrait of breastfeeding, motherhood and maternal experiences during lockdowns through a range of creative processes.

The Holding Time Project Launches in Partnership with Improving Me

Lily and Vincent, Coventry 2021

Improving Me the NHS Cheshire and Merseyside’s Women and Children’s Partnership are supporting the Holding Time Project launch and we are now calling for participants.

This project is part of an NHS led conversation about the creative health interventions for women and children as a driver of health, wellbeing and resilience.

This work will be an integral part of the regions annual Baby Week celebrations in November and will include links to a simultaneous music intervention to address perinatal mental health, the Lullaby Project.

Holding Time is both a celebration of breastfeeding and an exploration of the challenges mothers experience in establishing and maintaining breastfeeding. These issues may be physical, mental, environmental or cultural barriers. Working collaboratively with local mothers, we aim to celebrate the diversity of breastfeeding in Cheshire and Merseyside whilst overturning stereotypes, challenging assumptions and encouraging greater understanding and awareness in the whole community about the value of breastfeeding and its benefits.

Below are some ways to get involved:

  1. Motherstalk with the artist:

16th September through to 28 October 2021

  1. Interview with the artist about your breastfeeding experience for a 5 minute VLOG to be distributed on social media channels and Youtube. For example see below or visit www.youtube.com/c/holdingtime
Annemarie talks to the artist about her breastfeeding experiences for Coventry City of Breastfeeding 2021

2. Group Motherspeak: Zoom storytelling workshops

16th September through to 28 October 2021

Led by the experienced BBC Producer, Rachel New, six workshops will run over six weeks starting on This collaborative zoom writing workshops will be delivered in partnership with BBC Radio Merseyside’s Community broadcast team. For example listen below or visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09g27bg

Mothers read their creative pieces for a BBC CWR radio programme, presented by Rachel New for Coventry City of Breastfeeding 2021

(Open to mothers who have completed the above)

3. Breastfeeding portrait

January 6th – 16th 2022

Feed your baby whilst being photographed by the artist in a Covid safe temporary photographic studio during a 1.5 hour session. These portraits will be the basis of animations and stills for a permanent display at Liverpool Women’s Hospital and other local venues.

If you would like to take part please fill out and submit this form by September 3rd 2021.

Supported by Improving Me – Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Partnership
In Partnership with Creative Lives