Projects and Events

Some of the recent exhibitions and events for the Holding Time Project including talks, workshops and presentations

For recent talks and presentations, please visit the BLOG

coventry city of breastfeeding

March – July 2021

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……read more

zoom storytelling workshops

Feb – April 2021

Voluntary Arts in collaboration with BBC CWR Radio will be hosting creative, oral storytelling workshops for mothers who may or may not have breastfed but who have a story to tell. The workshops will be run by Rachel New, a radio producer and writer…..read more

breastfeeding interviews on zoom

January – July 2021

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 5 minute VLOGS to accompany the Coventry City of Culture Holding Time Project events. To view existing VLOGS from the project visit www.youtube.com/c/holdingtime

coventry mother portraits

Monday 22nd March – Saturday 27th March 2021

Breastfeeding mothers are sought for a photo shoot during the the launch in late Spring. This photoshoot is intended to raise awareness of the diversity and range of mothers breastfeeding in Coventry and will be a live exhibition throughout the project. Mothers are invited to pose for portraits by the artist at a temporary covid safe studio at Arcadia Gallery in the last week of March 2021. The resulting portraits will be shown at University Hospital Coventry and Warwick (date TBC).


royal brompton hospital exhibition, 2018

Royal Brompton Hospital was host to Holding Time from April- June 2018. Part of this exhibition is a specially commissioned breastfeeding portrait of Sabrina Byrne, mother of Isabelle, a hospital patient. …read more


royal brompton commission for expressing room

Sabrina Sequence (one frame per four seconds) from Holding Time, 2018 Animation

As part of a refurbishment of the expressing room on the Rose Ward, where critically ill babies are cared for, RB&H, the Arts Charity based at Royal Brompton Hospital commissioned a breastfeeding portrait of Sabrina Byrne, mother to Isabelle, a baby with Cystic Fibrosis. An animates sequence of Sabrina offering medicine to her child before feeding was created and from this, a still image was chosen for the expressing room….read more


in conversation: lisa creagh and lucila newell

ONCA Gallery hosted a conversation between Lucila Newell and Lisa Creagh to discuss some of the themes and ideas of the Holding Time work. The event was very well attended by parents, Bloggers, Health professionals and maternal researchers from Brighton, London and beyond….read more


ONCA gallery, exhibition and breastfeeding hub, 2018

ONCA Gallery was an opportunity to test out the idea of a Breastfeeding Hub, to gather together voices, show the mother interviews and start a conversation about the structural and cultural barriers to breastfeeding. This exhibition also featured a workshop and a conversation with Lucila Newell, Academic, Mentor and Writer of several BLOG posts for the website.


in conversation: lisa creagh and christiane monarchi, photomonitor editor 2018

Fabrica Gallery was the first ever attempt to show the Holding Time animation as a four screen installation using projectors and screens. This opportunity also included a one to one conversation with Christiane Monarchi, Editor of PhotoMonitor.


fabrica gallery residency and installation, 2018

Emma Sequence (4 frames per second/24 seconds) from Holding Time, 2018 Animation

Fabrica Gallery was the first ever attempt to show the Holding Time animation as a four screen installation using projectors and screens. This opportunity also included a one to one conversation with Christiane Monarchi, Editor of PhotoMonitor.