This October Surface Gallery welcomes Remembering Baby, a pioneering exhibition which sensitively explores what happens when a baby dies, from both parental and professional perspectives. Remembering Baby features visual images, film, physical objects, sound installation and parent/sibling artwork. The exhibition is interactive, and visitors will have the opportunity to create a personal fabric memory square for inclusion in an exhibition memorial quilt.
Remembering Baby is inspired by a research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and led by Dr Kate Reed and a team of researchers (Dr Elspeth Whitby and Dr Julie Ellis) at the University of Sheffield. The project has two aims: firstly to understand how parents/families who have experienced baby-loss feel about, and experience, the (MRI) post-mortem process; and secondly to explore the impact of this new technological application on professional practice and relationships between professionals from different fields.
The university research team worked collaboratively with Hugh Turvey HonFRPS who is artist in residence at the British Institute of Radiology to curate the exhibition, based on key themes emerging from the research. The collection also features sound art produced by Justin Wiggan and graphics designed by Lee Simmons.
So far Remembering Baby has received significant media coverage describing it as ‘important’, and ‘groundbreaking’. This coverage includes features on BBC Radio 4 PM programme, BBC News Online Home Page, and BBC Radio Sheffield. Reviews and media coverage of the exhibition can be accessed through Remembering Baby’s website https://www.rememberingbaby.co.uk/.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see, hear and sense how care is enacted in contemporary mortuary work and memorialisation practices. This will be accompanied by talks from the research team as well as representatives from Zephyr’s, Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s bereavement support centre for the loss of a pregnancy, baby or child.
Workshops and Activities
Saturday 13th October, 2-5pm
During the exhibition visitors will have the opportunity to participate in a range of creative activities consolidating the themes of the exhibition.
Thursday 18th October, 1-3pm
Visitors will also have the opportunity to attend Zephyr’s ‘open-door’ drop-in session at Surface Gallery to chat, share refreshments and to look at the exhibition.
For more information about the creative/drop-in session and the support Zephyr’s offers:
To learn more about Nottingham Hospitals Charity please visit:
Free Entry: Welcome Everyone
Opening Night: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Tuesday-Friday:12.00pm to 6.00pm
Saturday: 11.00am to 5.00pm
16 Southwell road, Nottingham, NG1 1DL
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