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. A series of six Zoom Storytelling workshops over six weeks (sessions now full)
A series of zoom writing workshops will explore individual breastfeeding experiences, looking at inherited breastfeeding cultures vs women who are creating new breastfeeding traditions within their own families. In partnerships with Voluntary Arts and BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire, this program will offer an enriched opportunity for discussion amongst participants. The workshops will be led by writer and Producer, Rachel New.
2. A series of VLOGS (Sessions now full)
Mothers will be 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 the Coventry events. To view existing VLOGS from the project visit www.youtube.com/c/holdingtime
3. Breastfeeding Portraits (Sessions now full)
Breastfeeding mothers are sought for a photo shoot in March/April. This photoshoot is intended 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 April. The resulting portraits will be shown at University Hospital Coventry and Warwick Labour Ward in the summer.
We are particularly interested in images that reflect the diversity of the city’s breastfeeding culture: from teen mothers, to mothers of multiple children, tandem feeding mothers and mothers expressing breastmilk. Whatever your breastfeeding decision, please get involved.
4. Coventry City of Breastfeeding campaign
An interactive campaign celebrating the unsung heroes of breastfeeding in Coventry. More on this coming soon – sign up for information on how to get involved.
If you are interested in participating, please leave your details here and we will be in touch.