East Lancashire Hospice

The Art of Stimulating Conversation

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East Lancashire Hospice invites you to participate in the virtual ‘Art of Stimulating Conver­sations Exhibition’ which will take place as part of Dying Matters week from 10 – 15 May 2021 .

Talking about illness, death and bereavement is healthy.  Such conver­sations enhances choice and wellbeing and supports us in expressing ourselves when we live through these events.  The use of the arts as an excellent method for expressing and stimulating thoughts, feelings and views about difficult topics in a non-threatening, gentle way.

We would like participants to use their creativity to produce art; paintings, photography, sculpture, poetry, short stories, film, drama, song etc. that relate to illness, death and bereavement in some way.  The results of their creativity will be virtually exhibited on the hospice website http://­eastla­nc­shos­pice.­org.­uk  during Dying Matters week 10 – 15 May 2021.

If you would like to participate, please register your interest by emailing info@eastlancshospice.org.uk between Thursday 1st April and Wednesday 5th May 2021 and we will send you the first of two short ques­ti­on­naires to complete to help us measure the impact of the project in changing people’s views and perceptions around the subject of illness, death and bereavement.­ 

Example Artwork from the Art of Stimuating Conversation Exhibition 2019

The piece is watercolour and depicts the feeling of being “ all at sea” and “drowning” when going through bereavement. The drowning figure is clasping a rope, a metaphorical link to the known pre bereavement and the promise of recovery. The bubbles behind the main figure hint at another figure providing support- holding the grieving figure up towards the surface indicating the person they have lost is still there all be it in a different form.

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