school for mothers: BOOB

Why is breastfeeding so problematic? Everyone, mothers and not, seems to have an opinion. Danusia is joined by artist and entrepreneur Lisa Creagh to discuss everything BOOB. Lisa is an artist, entrepreneur and creator of “Holding Time” which addresses ideas around motherhood, time and breastfeeding in particular.

Lisa Creagh lives and works in Brighton. She is well known in photographic circles as an artist after the commercial success of her work on infertility, aptly named ‘The Instant Garden’. Locally she is known as the founder of the Brighton Photo Fringe. But her many accomplishments incorporate less visible work in marketing for business and not for profit. 

Her new work, ‘Holding Time’ is typically collaborative and accessible. She worked with a sociologist, a glassmaker and a composer to create a multi-platform piece that works as installation, photographic series and web channel. It has gathered a powerful response from not only the breastfeeding community but also the wider public who have flocked to her YouTube channel in their thousands to watch interviews with the mothers featured in the still images.

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the art of motherhood: a Q&A with artist lisa creagh, april 2018

Artist Lisa Creagh’s exhibition Holding Time at the Royal Brompton Hospital and also her interviews of breastfeeding mothers address themes that some of our PSG groups are exploring in their research: in February, nearly 120 mothers from Parenting Science Gang took part in a study to find out what’s in breast milk for older children, in an experiment that they had designed in collaboration with Imperial College and another Parenting Science Gang group is looking at experiences of breastfeeding mothers when accessing healthcare.

We invited Lisa to join us so we could to find out more about her work and also what we can learn from her practice that might inspire us when we’re planning the dissemination of our own data.

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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. With sounds from Helen, Steve Reich, Gil Evans and a flock of bagpipe players. Past editions of the show are here:


british journal of photography, february 2018

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

Holding Time is sort of a play on words,” says Brighton-based artist Lisa Creagh of the title of her latest work, which revolves around themes of motherhood, photography and time. “Motherhood is a very unique kind of work that sits outside of the normal systems of economic activity that have determined our methods of measuring and representing time. I think motherhood requires a new way of thinking about time, if we are thinking about motherhood as having validity and status in a modern society.”

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viva magazine, february 2018

photomonitor interview, 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. 

Creagh’s work sets out to remove the barriers to breastfeeding, whilst positively promoting this role in society by providing positive images of mother and child relationships, seeking to re-contextualise motherhood in general and breastfeeding in particular as an active, rather than passive activity, aligning mother and child with an older, more universal time system. Below, Christiane Monarchi asked Creagh more about the genesis of the ideas behind this project. 

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