Tour the Still Born Exhibition to three UK venues

by adinda_18@hotmail.com in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

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To tour an contemporary art exhibition on the theme of stillbirth to three UK exhibition venues and hold free art workshops for mothers.

by adinda_18@hotmail.com in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

There are 2.6 million stillbirths a year worldwide, yet women and their families going through it often feel very isolated. The taboo surrounding stillbirth makes it hard for people to share their experiences. With my work I want to help raise public awareness of stillbirth and reduce the attached stigma and help families to grieve better. 

In 2010 I gave birth to a stillborn daughter, Elvira. Since then I have been making artwork about, and informed by, this experience. The artworks in the Still Born exhibition chart the different stages of grief. Denial and anger are represented in the early porcelain uterus pieces and Tree of Sadness, made in 2013, highlights feelings of deep sadness and isolation. In the more recent works I have been able to take more distance and approach the subject matter as a societal problem, not just a personal one. Society has much work to do before it can say babies no longer die unnecessarily and when they do die parents are supported.

With the help of Arts Council funding, crowdfunding and support from project partners Manchester University and Northern Print in 2017/18, we published the Still Born book with poems in direct response to the artworks by Roger Bloor, Christine Bousfield, Jennie Farley, Rebecca Goss, Sarah James, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Claire Potter and Wendy Pratt. 

We would now like to tour this body of work and poems to three UK venues this year: the Newcastle City Library, the Idea Store London in and the St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester. We have raised the majority of the funding, but still need a further three thousand pounds to exhibit the work for one month at each of these three venues and hold a free art workshop for bereaved parents and their family at each of these venues, allowing participants to create a memorial for their still born baby.  The original dates were agreed to be this spring and summer but due to COVID-19 and the closure of all UK museums, galleries and libraries, the dates are now being re-negotiated, and likely to take place in the fall of 2020. Please help us by donating to this important cause. Thank you for any contributions large or small.

Previous artworks by Adinda van 't Klooster can be found on <www.adindavantklooster.com.html> and <www.https://www.affectformations.net/>

Images of the Each Egg a World and the Wheels are Turning artworks can be found in the gallery of <www.adindavantklooster.com/stillborn.html>

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

PDF of Unhexing poem and Frozen artwork

This high quality PDF of the artwork 'Frozen' by Adinda with the poem 'Unhexing, for Elvira' by Sarah James allows you to make your own prints. A lovingly painted CT scan of the artist's stillborn daughter with a poem that retraces the lines through words in an attempt to escape from the negativity left by a stillbirth and focus on the moments of love.

£10 or more

PDF Fruitflower poem+ More Hole than Whole artwork

This high quality PDF file of the Fruitflower poem by Christine Bousfield and the More Hole than Whole artwork by Adinda allows you to make your own prints. Both the artwork and the poem were made in 2017; women from two different generations express the grief over stillbirth through art and poetry.

£10 or more

PDF Earth poem with Elements of Human Life artwork

This high quality PDF of the artwork 'Elements of Human Life' by Adinda with the poem 'Earth' by Wendy Pratt allows you to make your own prints. This perfectly matching artwork and poem were both made in 2017 and express the tragic but still magical process of a full-term pregnancy that ends in a stillbirth.

£10 or more

PDF of Tree of Sadness artwork and poem

This high quality PDF of the artwork 'Tree of Sadness' by Adinda with a bespoke poem by Jennie Farley allows you to make your own prints. The Tree of Sadness artwork was made in 2013 by Adinda van 't Klooster and expresses the deep sadness she felt in the years following the birth of her stillborn daughter in 2010. The poem by Jennie Farley was commissioned in 2017 with the help of Arts Council funding and a previous crowdfunding call.

£12 or more

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Still Born badge

This badge has a hand print on it of my stillborn baby Elvira. The idea is that you can wear it to help raise awareness of stillbirth.

£30 or more

Unhexing poem with Frozen artprint

This high quality A4 print of the artwork 'Frozen' by Adinda with the poem 'Unhexing, for Elvira' by Sarah James comes on high quality pearl paper with a light resistance guarantee of 70 years. A lovingly painted CT scan of the artist's stillborn daughter with a poem that retraces the lines through words in an attempt to escape from the negativity left by a stillbirth and focus on the moments of love.

£30 or more

Earth poem with Elements of Human life artprint

This high quality A4 print of the artwork 'Elements of Human Life' by Adinda with the poem 'Earth' by Wendy Pratt comes on high quality pearl paper with a light resistance guarantee of 70 years. This perfectly matching artwork and poem were both made in 2017 and express the tragic but still magic process of a full-term pregnancy that ends in a stillbirth.

£30 or more

Tree of Sadness poem and artprint

This high quality A4 print of the artwork 'Tree of Sadness' by Adinda with the poem of the same title by Jennie Farley comes on high quality pearl paper with a light resistance guarantee of 70 years. The Tree of Sadness artwork was made in 2013 by Adinda van 't Klooster and expresses the deep sadness she felt in the years following the birth of her stillborn daughter in 2010. The poem by Jennie Farley was commissioned in 2017.

£30 or more

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Still Born Book Reward

The Still Born book is an artists' book by Adinda van 't Klooster that aims to break down the taboos around stillbirth. The book contains 17 images of artworks and 12 poems in response to the artworks. Participating poets are Roger Bloor, Christine Bousfield, Jennie Farley, Rebecca Goss, Sarah James, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Wendy Pratt and Claire Potter. The book also contains an essay by Alexander Heazell on ending preventable stillbirths by 2030.

£30 or more

Fruitflower poem and More Hole than Whole artprint

This high quality A4 print of the artwork 'More Hole than Whole' by Adinda with the poem 'Fruitflower' by Christine Bousfield comes on high quality pearl paper with a light resistance guarantee of 70 years. Both the artwork and the poem were made in 2017; women from two different generations express the grief over stillbirth through art and poetry.

£150 or more

3 of 10 claimed

Each Egg a World A2 Digital Print

A2 high quality digital print of the Each Egg a World artwork by A. van 't Klooster on lightfast art paper. Each hole in this drawing signifies a stillbirth, and all that that entails, including the pregnancy that went before it, the hopes and expectations of the mother and family for the child about to be born, the birth of a dead baby, the collapsing hopes, and the years of depression that follow. This piece aims to humanise stillbirth figures.

£350 or more

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Limited Edition Linocut of the Wheels are turning

Limited edition linocut by Adinda van 't Klooster (2018), black and white. Dimensions 100 x 71 cm. Image available in the gallery at http://www.adindavantklooster.com/stillborn.html.

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