Loss, bereavement and death are all a part of life that is too often ignored or hidden away. The Art of Grieving exhibitions enable artists working in any medium to share work related to these issues. This coming together of artist and audience generates new and important human connections around a shared desire to explore these often taboo subjects.
The exhibition will include paintings, sculptures, photographs, poetry, textiles, music and film and each piece will be accompanied by the artist's description of the circumstances in which the work was created or the inspiration behind its creation.
This will be an exciting and diverse exhibition which aims to encourage openness and conversation about loss, bereavement and death.
You can find out more about The Art of Grieving and their previous exhibitions on their website.
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Additional events connected to the exhibition
The Art of Grieving Film
7.30pm Sunday 19th June 2022 at the Sandpit Theatre, St Albans
This amazing documentary follows artist Preston Zeller, who feels compelled to take on a year-long creative project after the sudden death of his 35 year old brother. Preston decides to create an intuitive abstract painting every day for 365 days as a way to process his grief and he shares the ups and downs of this momentous challenge in the film.
This award winning and thought provoking film also addresses why Western culture is so poor at dealing with grief and explores whether art can help.
Following the screening there will be a Q & A with filmmaker and artist, Preston Zeller and clinical director of the Art Therapy Project, Lindsay Lederman.
8pm Wednesday 20th July 2022 at the Abbey Theatre, St Albans
A dying man’s last wish: for his friends to create a show about death. 'It’s fast, it’s funny and it plumbs the emotional depths exquisitely... exciting, innovative work' - The Stage
Featured by BBC Stories, Good Grief is a paranormal physical performance of loss, and the memories left behind, brought to you by ‘one of the UK’s most exciting young theatre companies’ – New Diorama.
Profit from the performance will be donated to Rennie Grove Hospice Care and The Ollie Foundation.
Friday 5th August at the Trestle Arts Base Theatre, St Albans
Do you believe in Magic?
This amazingly poignant and unique show, which has been to the Edinburgh Fringe, was created by Beverley about her journey with grief following the death of her son, Jess Fairweather, who took his own life in October 2018, aged 20.
In October 2020 Beverley said, “Finding Magic is about my ups and downs and the grief process so far, but it’s also broader than that it’s about finding life force, finding magic and looking at what it is that makes us feel alive. ''
C Arts said 'Equal parts moving and magical, Finding Magic is a story of loss, longing, love and laughter.'
Proceeds from ticket sales go to The Ollie Foundation