• 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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  • 24/04/2016
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    Holding Time at ONCA Gallery, February 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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  • 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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  • 29/06/2015
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    Holding Time - Funded by ACE, June 2017
    'm delighted to report that my third application (!) to the Arts Council resulted in full funding for Holding Time for 2017/18.
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  • 29/06/2015
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    Holding Time - Update
    It has been such a privilege and a pleasure to witness these mothers, each at their own point on their journey of motherhood. Sometimes a mother is photographed once, sometimes more times, depending on the prevailing winds, technical issues, how we are both feeling and whether or not I can remember how to take a picture on that particular day.
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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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    Art as Medicine
    For anyone who has spent time in hospitals as a patient, visitor or healthcare professional, it is clear that good art enhances not only the immediate environment but also contributes not only to patients mental well-being but also their recovery rates.
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  • 29/03/2013
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    On Time and Ecology
    Lack of Time. No Time. No time to stop. Time and our relationship to it, is central to our possession of ourselves
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  • 29/03/2013
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    Bullet Time and Cyclical Time
    While the world reeled from the dizzying implications of this event, a different kind of ‘reeling’ was taking place in editing rooms across the world. The numbered frames were cut, frozen and slowed for re-examination.
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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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