A new festival in St Albans has launched to help break the taboo and encourage openness and conversation about loss, bereavement and death.
The Art of Grieving Festival will include the work of more than 50 artists exhibiting paintings, sculptures, photos, short films, textiles, songs and poetry about loss, bereavement or death.
The festival will take place at the St Albans Museum + Gallery between May 27 and September 4.
The artists taking part will be sharing “intensely personal work and they are doing it because they want to be part of open and honest conversations about this important part of life”.
The three month exibitin will include loss of a child, sibling, parent, partner, home, relationship, identity suicide, cancer and COVID-19.
Festival organiser Kate Ray explains: “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.”
Artist Rebecca Gibbs: “The space that ‘The Art of Grieving’ exhibition is carving out for not only those grieving but also for others wanting to understand and support is so important. To be part of such a space is extremely enriching for me. Art both in practice as the artist but also as the viewer has been a really important processing tool for understanding myself and my loss. I’m so pleased my art will be surrounded by other powerful and beautiful pieces and will help to create a space where people can visit and know they are not alone in their grief.”