This exhibition was my birthday party in 2016. It’s a gathering of work about a topic that’s hard to raise in public but is deeply important to me, and has a profound – if often secret – impact on the lives of many of us. The theme of pregnancy, loss, & motherhood is so special to me. The works are joyful, heartbreaking, raw, and tender. They are created from my own experiences of hope, joy, anguish, and grief. As I was dealing with a charged topic, I took care to create a safer space (I’m a facilitator) – read about the values and resources.
Host this Exhibition
I am looking for new opportunities to host this exhibition in partnership with Sands (if they wish), and possibly including workshops or training by me on topics around creativity and grief. I would like to bring it to other states around Australia, and especially to rural areas where there is often such huge need and so limited resources around these issues. We would need support in the way of venues and covering travel expenses to do this – please get in touch if you would like to talk about how we can make this happen in your area. firstname.lastname@example.org
The First Exhibition of Waiting for You
April 19th – May 19th,
Monday to Fridays, 4-6pm.
Upstairs at the Box Factory, 56 Regent Street South, Adelaide. (map)
This is a wheelchair accessible venue.
All works are Embellished prints, available for purchase, or if already sold can be ordered. It takes me about a month to create a new Embellished, framed print.
If you are on Facebook the event details are here.
Artbook Mourning the Unborn
To hear me talk about my experiences with miscarriage and how that developed into this exhibition and artbook, listen to this interview with Jennie Lenman on Arts Breakfast at Radio Adelaide. Originally broadcast on 16/4/2016, the podcast is available here.
Review of the Exhibition and Opening Night
A beautiful review of the exhibition and opening night by artist and writer Julia Wakefield, for the Weekend Notes. There’s lots of lovely photos here of the embellished prints and opening night.
You are welcome to my small free booklet with a short biography, description of the origin of the exhibition, price lists of the art, information about the artbook Mourning the Unborn, and links to Sands and other online resources.
My Online Store
For those further afield, I opened my Etsy Art Shop! It’s stocked with prints from this exhibition, as well as my digital Artbook, Mourning the Unborn. The prints are all beautifully matted, ready for the frame of your choice. It won’t be as lovely as seeing these beautiful gold embellished prints framed and displayed, but you will still be able to view the artworks and buy prints.
For information and support about miscarriage, stillbirth and new-born death, Sands Australia have a 24 hour helpline and a comprehensive website:
1300 072 637
Sands are a volunteer led organisation, and donations are always appreciated. They were extremely helpful for me when I was struggling.
Guest Post for Sands on Mother’s Day
Sands invited me to write a post for Mother’s Day this year, so I chose to share parts of the journey Rose and I have been on that I’ve not talked about here. Read Untold Stories of Mother’s Day.
Learn more about My Experiences
My partner and I have navigated fertility and health challenges, mental health struggles and a number of losses between us. We decided to share openly through this blog and you are welcome to read our journey through conception, miscarriage, and birth. You can find those blog posts here: Conception, Pregnancy, Miscarriage