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Still Parents project

A series of free art workshops in partnership with SANDs, Stillbirth & Neonatal Death charity

Still Parents project

Still Parents is the Whitworth’s award-winning programme to support parents who have experienced the loss of a baby in pregnancy or just after birth.

Launched in October 2019 in partnership with Sands (Stillbirth and Neo Natal Death Charity), and Manchester Sands, Still Parents is a series of informal monthly workshops. Under the guidance of professional artists, the programme encourages participants to collectively explore their experience through creativity. Making is at the heart of these sessions as participants are introduced to new techniques and skills whilst surrounded by people who understand.  

Absolutely no art experience necessary.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, we took these workshops online, and these workshops will continue on Zoom for now.
New participants are always welcome so please email lucy.turner@manchester.ac.uk for more information.

Still Parents exhibition

From 24 September 2021 to 4 September 2022 our Still Parents exhibition will be on display. This is the first exhibition of its kind, creating a platform to share personal stories, open up conversations and break the wall of silence that continues to surround baby loss.  

The Still Parents exhibition is constituent-led. Every aspect has been informed by participants of the Still Parents workshops, from curation to interpretation. Throughout two exhibition galleries, you will see a combination of artworks and objects created, chosen, or loaned by our participants and it is their own words, stories, and responses that you will read.


Upcoming session dates are to be confirmed.

Please contact Lucy in advance by email to join future sessions


These sessions are generously supported by the Friends of the Whitworth

Please note:
 All Whitworth events are run on the understanding that all participants will be respectful and thoughtful to others. It is our responsibility to create spaces online that are welcoming and safe. Any behaviour that affects our ability to maintain such values will not be tolerated and attendees will be removed by the host.