The Holding Time Project comes to Bradford 

Exhibition opens at Kala Sangam Arts Centre, Bradford

Visual artist Lisa Creagh and Better Start Bradford are pleased to announce that The Holding Time Project, a photography exhibition of breastfeeding portraits, is coming to Bradford. It is being held at the Kala Sangam Arts Centre and launches on the first day of Baby Week Bradford on Monday 14 November, it will run until Monday 30 January 2023.

Holding Time exhibition details:

  • Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 3pm.
  • Admission is free
  • Address: Kala Sangam Arts Centre, St Peter’s House, 1 Forster Ct, Bradford BD1 4TY
  • For further information please contact info@holdingtime.org

The exhibition at Kala Sangam Arts Centre is part of a tour of venues across the North of England, showcasing this project which has been created with mothers from across the UK in Brighton, Coventry and Liverpool. Holding Time is a contemporary exhibition that aims to address and overturn breastfeeding preconceptions and myths, challenge stereotypes, and – above all else – improve breastfeeding rates by harnessing women’s knowledge and wisdom.

The exhibition also includes the following events during Baby Week Bradford:

  • Free Breastfeeding advice mornings – Holding Time exhibition, Kala Sangam
    • Monday 14 November to Friday 18 November 2022 –   10am – 2pm

Come and chat to one of the Breastfeeding advisors every day during Baby Week Bradford in our cosy and warm breastfeeding Hub. Free tea and coffee available all morning

Free singing Performances – Holding Time exhibition, Kala Sangam

  • Wednesday 16 November 12.30pm– 3pm  – come along for a relaxing afternoon of singing, coffee and cake with Singing Mamas, a choir committed to improving the wellbeing of women through singing, to celebrate Baby Week Bradford and the opening of the Bradford Holding Time exhibition.

Commenting on the Holding Time exhibition, Lisa Creagh says: “I’m delighted to be bringing the Holding Time exhibition to Bradford. Breastfeeding isn’t just invisible in culture, on TV, in the media, it’s invisible in our lives, our photo streams, our messages. It’s a maternal experience that is widely misunderstood, ignored and sidelined, despite occupying many countless hours, of the mothers who practice it.”

“These women are at the heart of The Holding Time Project. Their voices and the validity of their experience is the central structure of the project. Their ideas about what needs to change, what should happen and doesn’t, how things could be different and better are the driving force behind the project.”

Kerry Bennett, Integration and Change Manager, Better Start Bradford, said: “We are all thrilled that Lisa has chosen Bradford as the latest location for the Holding Time exhibition. It’s perfect that it’s opening on the first day of this year’s Baby Week Bradford, and being supported by our breastfeeding partners. I want to encourage mums and families from across the district to visit the exhibition and the events that are being held there during Baby Week Bradford.”


Baby Week Bradford is back for its 5th Year – 14-20 November 2022

This year’s Baby Week Bradford is all about speech, language and communication throughout a baby’s life.  There’s a whole host of events happening during the week for families and the early years workforce. www.babyweekbradford.org

Accompanying Events:

Storytelling workshops run by Rachel New of Creative Lives will accompany the exhibition.

Singing Mamas at the launch of the Holding Time exhibition at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

The Holding Time Project

The exhibition at Kala Sangam Arts Centre is part of a tour of venues across the North, showcasing this project which has been created with mothers across the UK in Brighton, Coventry and Liverpool. The Holding Time Project has been running in cities across the UK since 2018. It is an inter-disciplinary,  multi-channel, multi platform and operates city to city. By working with health professionals, academics, and grassroots networks, it is intended to dismantle the basis for polarisation , a lack of dialogue, and bring about meaningful change in UK breastfeeding policy.

This project treads carefully the line between promoting breastfeeding whilst attempting to respect and understand the complexity of the experience and circumstance of new mums. The project is research-based with positive imagery at its core. The aims are to increase breastfeeding rates, empower breastfeeding mothers and improve understanding about the complexity of issues around breastfeeding. The portraits are accompanied by documentary style VLOGs to give a voice to mothers who have breastfed, highlighting the challenges they faced.

About Lisa Creagh

Lisa Creagh was born and educated in Coventry. In 2006  she received critical acclaim for the originality of ‘Tidy Street’  where she collaborated with residents to transform a street in Brighton  into a series of lightboxes. Her work has often been collaborative in nature: as a producer and  curator she has delivered large-scale photographic projects for  international artists and delivered talks  at various colleges.

This project is funded by Funded by Arts Council England.

About Rachel New and Creative Lives

Rachel New is the Creative Lives Broadcaster at BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire. Rachel has worked in BBC radio since the 1990s as well as being a stand-up comedian, writer, podcaster and workshop facilitator. She is an experienced BBC Creative Lives Broadcaster and advocate for the arts.

Better Start Bradford

Better Start Bradford programme is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund to help children in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton get the best start in life. They are providing more than 15 projects for pregnant women and families with children aged under four. The projects will help to improve children’s emotional and social development, communication and language development and nutrition. www.betterstartbradford.org.uk

See: Marking World Breastfeeding Week 01-07 August 2022

PRESS and PRIVATE RECEPTION: Weds. 16th NOVEMBER 12.30pm – 3pm

Get in touch

Contact Lisa Creagh

Mobile :     07816577140                 Email: info@holdingtime.org

http://www.holdingtime.org

Social media tags: #normalisebreastfeeding #holdingtime

PRESS and PRIVATE RECEPTION: Wednesday 16 November 12.30pm

Kala Sangam Arts Centre, St Peter’s House, 1 Forster Ct, Bradford BD1 4TY

RSVP: info@holdingtime.org

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday 9am – 3pm

Admission Free For further information contact info@holdingtime.org

Social media: https://linktr.ee/holdingtimeproject