• 30/03/2014
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    There Then, Hear Now: Resonance FM, March 2018
    Mark Aitken examines the relationship between photography and sound. Today’s guests are Lisa Creagh who is known for transferring houses into light boxes and a dialogue between photography, digital imaging and painting along with collaborator and composer Helen Anahita Wilson.
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  • 30/03/2014
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    In Conversation, Fabrica Gallery, 2018
    During the Making Space Residency at Fabrica Gallery in 2018, Lisa Creagh and Christiane Monarchi held a conversation about the ideas behind the Holding Time project.
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  • 30/03/2014
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    In Conversation, ONCA Gallery, 2018
    During the Holding Time exhibition at ONCA Gallery in 2018, Lisa Creagh and Parlour CoFounder Lucilla held a conversation about the ideas behind the Parlour and Holding Time
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  • 24/04/2016
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    Holding Time at Royal Brompton Hospital, April 2018
    Holding Time is a multi-screen installation featuring animation, stills and video. Using material created over the past three years of breastfeeding mothers.
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  • 24/04/2016
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    Making Space at Fabrica Gallery, January 2018
    Holding Time is a multi-screen installation featuring animation, stills and video. Using material created over the past three years of breastfeeding mothers, this one day installation will test a working method of showing stop motion portraits alongside an abstract 'time map' based on Cosmateque designs.
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  • 19/02/2018
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    VIVA Brighton, February 2018
    Essentially I see myself as a feminist practitioner. I'm trying to answer the question 'where is women's experience in art?' Art has always been funded for public spaces, and breastfeeding and childbirth are very private, intimate acts and therefore we don't see them because they're behind closed doors...
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  • 19/02/2018
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    PhotoMonitor, January 2018
    This month Lisa Creagh will present her newest project ‘Holding Time’ at Fabrica, Brighton, as a multi-screen installation featuring animation, stills and video. Using material created over the past three years of breastfeeding mothers, this installation will test a working method of showing stop motion portraits alongside an abstract ‘time map’ based on Cosmatesque designs.
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  • 19/02/2018
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    British Journal of Photography, January 2018
    Photography, Motherhood and Time in Lisa Creagh's Holding Time. Urging a new conception of time as experienced by breastfeeding mothers, Creagh's work goes on show at Fabrica on 18 January, then moves to ONCA Gallery and Royal Brompton Hospital, London
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  • 29/06/2015
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    The Parlour
    With the launch of Holding Time in September 2017, podcasts will regularly appear on the Parlour site, along with portraits of breastfeeding mothers, written interviews and a blog. The Parlour is an experimental collaboration designed to permanently break the cultural stigma surrounding breastfeeding. Growing out of ideas formed in the inception of my photography project, Holding Time, it is a space for women to comfortably discuss breastfeeding. By combining a broad program of documentation and discussion through web streamed talks, social media and a body of shared images it is a political intervention, both real and virtual.
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  • 29/03/2013
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    Drawing Time: Notes on Time and Photography
    A survey of writing on the subject of Photography and Time
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Royal Brompton Hospital


In 2016 I visited Rose Ward at Royal Brompton Hospital to see the incredible work taking place to save the lives of babies born with heart defects. Often these babies are born straight into surgery and the mothers, having given birth, can only wait for the long hours that follow, before learning the outcome. These mothers are supported through this time with advice on how to best increase the chances for their child and one of the major initiatives is to encourage breastfeeding. Visiting the tiny room set aside for mothers to express, I came to understand how transformative art could be in this space, where women are alone, sometimes only a few hours after birth, dutifully expressing milk for their child's recovery.

Together with the team at rb&hArts, the charity that manages and promotes the arts at the Hospital, we talked about how best to identify a mother to photograph for this space. Working with the breastfeeding nurse, we gave out cards to prospective mothers and this outreach paid off when Sabrina Byrne, mother to six month old Isabelle volunteered to be photographed at my City College studio in Brighton. Traveling from Southend on Sea, to participate in Holding Time on the very last day of shooting, Sabrina and Isabelle are an amazing climactic end to the many inspiring portraits that make up this body of work.

Isabelle was born with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that can affect the pancreas as well as the lungs. In Isabelle's case, the illness made it impossible for her body to store the nutrients in her food. However, she did not lose weight or show any of the normal outward signs of the illness and this is entirely due to the love and devotion of her mother who was feeding her hourly. This constant stream of highly nutritious food was keeping Isabelle alive, even allowing her to gain weight despite the seriousness of her illness. Once identified, her feeding needs are now more under control as she has a drug before every meal that enables her body to store nourishment.

For Holding Time, the preparation and dosing of this drug was captured along with the ultimate goal of a breastfeed. This animated sequence will feature in the installation at Fabrica Gallery in January and a still portrait will be placed in honour of Sabrina and all the mothers like her, in the small expressing room on Rose Ward at Royal Brompton Hospital.



Sabrina and Isabelle, The Royal Brompton cafe (picture courtesy of Karen Janody)



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