2022 Awards Winner

30 Stories of Family Arts:
The Whitworth

The STILL PARENTS exhibition is an honest, powerful and beautiful portrayal of baby loss told collectively by those who have experienced it first-hand. By using these stories and the voices of the participants, it helps personalise baby loss and raise awareness.

Launched in October 2019 in partnership with Sands (Stillbirth and Neo Natal Death Charity), STILL PARENTS is the Whitworth’s programme to support parents who have experienced the loss of a baby in pregnancy or just after birth. Under the guidance of professional artists, the monthly workshop programme encourages participants to collectively explore their experience through creativity whilst surrounded by people who understand

The STILL PARENTS exhibition, the first of its kind, opened at the Whitworth in September 2021, creating a platform to share personal stories, open conversations and break the wall of silence that continues to surround baby loss. 

The Whitworth, part of the University of Manchester, is the city’s ‘gallery in a park’. Together with local partners, artists and communities, the gallery uses art for positive social change, aiming to transform the way that art is experienced, by using art as a tool to open conversation, generate empathy and actively address what matters most in people’s lives -here and now.

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The Whitworth is a Fantastic for Families Awards 2022 Winner in the category:
Audience Impact & Innovation Award

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