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For the Holding Time Project during Coventry City of Culture 2021, mothers are invited to participate in a series of activities celebrating the diversity of breastfeeding choices in the city

Coventry City of Culture, 2021

March – July 2021, various sites

Breastfeeding will take centre stage this summer when The Holding Time Project comes to Coventry. This multi-disciplinary, multi-channel, multi-media art project brings will be 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:

1. My Breastfeeding Journey

A series of zoom writing workshops exploring individual breastfeeding experiences. In partnerships with Voluntary Arts and BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire, this program offers an enriched opportunity for discussion amongst participants. The workshops were led by writer and Producer, Rachel New.

2. A series of VLOGS

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

3. Breastfeeding Portraits

This new work is designed to raise awareness of the diversity and range of mother’s breastfeeding in Coventry. Mothers are invited to pose for portraits by the artist at a temporary COVID safe studio at Arcadia Gallery in City Arcade in the town centre, scheduled for early May. The resulting portraits will be shown at University Hospital Coventry and Warwick Labour Ward in the summer.

4. Breastfeeding Buddy social media campaign

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. Sign up for information on how to get involved.

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