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22 October - 13 November
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Grief, Loss and Place

A discussion and audio walk

Lady next to an old stone wall, listening to audio on headphones, with her eyes closed.

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What’s on offer?

Join Lancaster Arts for a conversation about grief and place followed by an audio walk featuring women in Lancaster talking about their experiences of grief, created by artist Fabiola Santana.  Following the walk, there will be an opportunity for further shared reflection over refreshments back at the Library – feel free to engage with all or just individual elements.

What’s it about?

Bringing together a group people whose work explores different aspects for grief, loss and place, we will question together how our experiences of grief and place inter-connect, what it means to experience grief not just of people but of places, and how individual stories relate to shared experiences. Our panel will include participants bringing a range of perspectives from the arts and architecture, social sciences, health and faith.

Following this, participants are invited to use their own phones to take part in ‘A Walk for Grief’ audio walk which brings these shared stories alive in the city’s streets. Experiencing local testimonies of individual grief while moving through the city, we invite you to consider how we form relationships to places as well as people. The audio walk will be introduced by Fabiola’s collaborator artist Will Dickie. 

Who’s leading the event?

Fabiola Santana, artist.  

Participants will include: 

Ian Dewar, Lead Chaplain at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust 

Will Dickie, artist 

Elham Kashefi, Tara Centre 

Professor Nancy Preston, Lancaster University International Observatory of End of Life Care 

Mia Wilson, artist and celebrant 

Open to

Open to everyone. 

Of particular interest to

This event is for anyone interested in thinking together about what it means to grieve, to lose and to share these experiences together – and to consider how these emotions can relate to the places we live as well as the people we love. 

Scheduling information

From 13:00 til 14.45, a conversation will take place in The Sanctuary at Lancaster Central Library.
From 14:45 you are invited to take part in a self-led audio walk before returning to the Library for refreshments and reflections at 15:30.