Don't just come along - Take part!

Everyone and anyone is welcome at the following events in the Parlour calendar. Come along and bring a friend! Babies welcome, always :-)

  • Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM through June 14, 2018
    Royal Brompton Hospital

    Holding Time at Royal Brompton Hospital

    Royal Brompton Hospital, London hosts Holding Time, a multi media exhibition by Lisa Creagh from April 15th--June 15th 2018 where it will be display a series of breastfeeding portraits, along with interviews with participating mothers and a newly created animation with music by Helen Anahita Wilson.

    Holding Time is an exhibition about Motherhood and Time. Featuring portraits of twenty three mothers created over a period of nearly three years, this groundbreaking work is an attempt to capture the experience of breastfeeding from a mothers point of view. With an animation , still images and interviews, this is a celebration of breastfeeding that will encourage debate.
    Despite accumulated evidence of the physical, emotional and mental health benefits to the child, as well as the environmental and social benefits, in a society preoccupied with economic growth the time saving arguments in favour of bottle-feeding remain a major obstacle to higher rates of breastfeeding.

    Each mother is accompanied by a digitally created 'Timepiece' of Creagh's invention. This 'right-brained clock' is based on an ancient Cosmatesque design, found on the floor of the Sistine Chapel. By contextualising breastfeeding mothers within this older decorative tradition, Creagh shows time spent breastfeeding as slower, deeper and fuller than 'normal' time.

    The range of mothers is deliberately broad in scope. Mothers range in age from early twenties to mid forties, with children aged from a few weeks to up to three and a half. There are tandem feeding mothers (mothers feeding two children simultaneously), single mothers and mothers of sick children. All are shot in the same way: against a neutral dark background in lighting reminiscent of Renaissance paintings.

    Along with podcasts from The Parlour, there will be interviews with staff about the breastfeeding support mothers receive when their children are critically ill in the hospital. See below Niamb and Elizabeth.

    Also Adonia: mother of a critically ill child who has received the support and care of staff at the Royal Brompton.

    Some participating mothers (pictured) include;
    Sarina Byrne: Sabrina is the mother of Isabelle, a child born with Cystic Fibrosis was the subject of a commission from rb&hArts for a portrait of a mother of a hospital patient for their
    expressing room. Jenna Hoyte: Jenna has breastfed three children and is pictured with her third  child Leo. Bethania Mathaeus is a Brazilian resident of Brighton, pictured with her daughter Luna. Ivy Lourenco is a Chinese resident of Brighton, pictured with her son Sebastian.

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 at 11:00 AM
    Royal Brompton Hospital in London, United Kingdom

    Breastfeeding with Support: How Can Art Help?



    Lisa Creagh (artist), Lucila Newell PhD (Sociologist) and Dr Debra Bick RM, BA, MMedSci, PhD (Maternal Health researcher) look at the cultural barriers to public breastfeeding and ask the question: “How can art assist in overcoming cultural barriers to breastfeeding?”

    Artist, Mothers, Health Professionals, architects and public policy makers interested in the issue of encouraging and supporting breastfeeding are invited to attend this workshop. Lunch will be included.


    We will kickstart the session with an informal discussion of the issues around breastfeeding in public.

    Introductory conversation between Lisa Creagh, Lucila Newell, Debra Bick

    - The Holding Time Project by Lisa Creagh

    - The social context of breastfeeding barriers

    - Current research into the needs of breastfeeding mothers post partum


    - Have you breastfed in public? If so, how did it feel?

    - If you are a professional, what are your experiences of supporting women through the journey to breastfeeding?

    (Break for lunch)

    Summary of the morning. New discussion:

    - If we would think/dream aloud: What would our ideal support for breastfeeding look like across medical practice, cultural practices/spaces?

    Short presentation


    Conclusion: what have we learned?