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‘Thank you for keeping the conversation of grief open’

The doors to ‘The Universal’ art exhibition may now be closed but our work combining the artistic creative process and grief is only just beginning.  

The Universal was an exhibition by bereaved young people (aged from 11 to 22) and was the result of a series of workshops on the theme of ‘exploring grief through art’ hosted by Studio KIND. and Families in Grief – it gave a powerful visual voice to emotions that are often hard to share. It also featured local artists whose work explores themes of loss.

If you missed seeing it, here is your second chance. With grateful thanks to the ASDA Foundation for funding the art materials and to Morrisons and to Tesco for providing all the refreshments.

Take a virtual tour of The Universal

The response from the young artists, adult artists and visitors has been overwhelmingly positive – we are confident that this pilot project will now blossom into further programmes involving the arts.

“I am so thankful to be able to get this opportunity to learn about art and grief.  I had felt less alone knowing my peers had also lost loved ones. I gained confidence in talking to people. I am so grateful that I have created something I hope my Grandad would be proud of.” K, young artist

“Thank you so much for showing your stories.  It was really heartfelt and helped me to not feel alone in my own grief. Beautiful work.” Visitor

“It’s been great working with other artists – learning about different approaches. The training prior to the workshops was invaluable to me personally and as a teacher/running workshops.” N, adult artist

“We want to mention them (our loved ones) at times, hear their names said out loud.  I don’t want time to pass and pass and for people to forget. Thank you for keeping the conversation of grief open. Thank you for sharing your stories.” Visitor

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