POSTPONED: When Words Hurt

Dates of event: 3 Apr 2020 - 20 May 2020

Weekdays, Daily Opening Time: 10:00am - Daily Closing Time: 4:00pm

Venue Address: Institute of Mental Health, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU

Extract from 'Sunflower' by Lucy Wakefield

In collaboration with the Institute of Mental Health, City Arts present an exhibition of work exploring grief, curated by Let’s Talk About Loss.

About the exhibition

For many of us, talking about loss is an incredibly painful and difficult thing. It takes strength and courage to describe how you are feeling after a bereavement. All too often, we avoid the conversation because we can’t find the right words.

'My dad is dying downstairs' by Lora Helen Christy
‘My dad is dying downstairs’ by Lora Helen Christy

When Words Hurt is an exhibition that explores creative ways of communicating grief. The exhibition has been put together by Let’s Talk About Loss. As the famous saying goes, “a picture tells a thousand words”. This exhibition explores unique ways of telling people’s stories of bereavement.

A video about the exhibition’s last showing at ThinkNG

About the project

Let’s Talk About Loss is the UK’s first support organisation for young people aged 18 to 35 who have been bereaved. It’s a safe space to talk through taboos and address the reality of losing someone close to you when you are young. The aim is to help young people who have lost a loved one feel less alone and less consumed by their grief.

Since 2017, Let’s Talk About Loss has published blog posts from people wishing to share their thoughts on grief. With this exhibition, instead of asking for a blog post, they gathered creative submissions.

The group explain…

At Let’s Talk About Loss, we do what we say on the tin. We talk about loss. We start difficult conversations, ask questions that others avoid, and get young people who have been bereaved talking about how they are feeling.

However, we know that for some, words hurt. Words can be messy, painful, ill-advised and unkind. Many young people are scared to talk about how they are feeling for fear of being judged, ignored or shunned. We want to give everyone the opportunity to share their stories of loss, even when words hurt.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the exhibition, both those who submitted and those who came along. Together, we’re talking through the taboos. Together, let’s talk about loss.

Featured image: Extract from ‘Sunflower’ by Lucy Wakefield