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THE 2022 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
22 October - 13 November
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Re-emerge? New Parents, Covid-19 and Creativity

My local area theme

Professional audiences

What’s on offer?

The Covid-19 pandemic presented extraordinary challenges to parents of young childre, in particular those who became parents during that time. We invite you to join us for a panel discussion looking at how the arts and creativity can play a role in addressing some of those challenges. The panel includes artists and creative practitioners who specialise in art and motherhood (Laura Godfrey Isaacs - Maternal Journal; Diane Saxon - Re-Emerge), and a perinatal mental health expert midwife (Rebecca Thomas - Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust). The 30 minute discussion will be followed by a Q&A and reception for further discussion. 

We are also delighted to be able to share an exhibition of artworks created by women for the Re-Emerge project. Those unable to attend in person will be able to watch a recording of the session online.

What’s it about?

This event brings together a range of perspective on parenting during the COVID19 pandemic. It includes maternal health practitioners, artists who specialise in early motherhood experiences and researchers to discuss the effect of the COVID19 pandemic on parents of young children, and in particular those who became parents during the pandemic. A series of lockdowns meant that opportunities to meet with other parents were curtailed, in addition to restrictions on support in attending hospital appointments and even the presence of partners during childbirth. The effect of these, and wider significant changes in everyday life, is significant and the panel will discuss their experiences of working with new parents, across health contexts and in creative contexts. Arts-based initiatives have been developed which seek to enable mothers to meet together and explore experiences through and with creative practice, for example through journaling. These will be explored by the panel, based on ongoing research into and understandings of the role of the arts in wellbeing.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Jessica Bradley, School of Education at the University of Sheffield

Open to

All welcome

Of particular interest to

Will be of particular interest to artists working in communities, artists working in health and wellbeing contexts, health practitioners, for example those working with parents and young children, education practitioners (including teachers and early years specialists, playworkers) policy makers and council representatives.

Event Booking details

Online booking will open soon