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  • Date and time: Saturday 1 June 2024, 11am to 4pm
  • Location: In-person only
    St Saviourgate York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking not required

Event details

Can grief be a catalyst for creativity? From comedy to collaging, poetry to plays, and sewing to singing, the Projecting Grief pop-up exhibition tells the stories of people finding comfort, distraction and hope in a creative pursuit after losing someone they love.

The exhibition is curated by photographer Jo Ritchie and writer Laura McDonagh. Jo started Projecting Grief, an online gallery, following the loss of her brother Jack to suicide. Jo looked for others who had found comfort in creativity and wanted to document their stories. Laura, whose mother Anne died suddenly in 2019, was featured on Projecting Grief about her writing on the subjects of family, identity and home, before joining the team as interviewer and writer.

If you want to learn more, why not join Jo and Laura at ‘Grief and Creativity’, a talk on Saturday 1 June from 1pm to 2pm. You may also be interested in the 'Stitched Memory Hoops' workshop also taking place on Saturday 1 June. 

Find out more about Projecting Grief.

Photo credit: Jo Ritchie, Projecting Grief

About the curators

Jo Ritchie is a Leeds-based photographer specialising in portrait, editorial, lifestyle, food and interiors. She started Projecting Grief in 2019.

Laura McDonagh is a writer specialising in education, charity and the arts. She joined Projecting Grief in 2022.


Projecting Grief University of York

Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible