Grief — A Work in Progress

Funded by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.

Grief — A Work in Progress is a performance, video and publication by artist Zoe Papadopoulou, in collaboration with Dr Kirsten Smith from the University of Oxford, Deborah Coughlin founding director of all female performance company Gaggle and Dr Caitlin Hitchcock from the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge.

With advice and support from Dr Kirsten Smith, Zoe devised a series of creative workshops to act as alternatives to bereavement groups in order to acknowledge, embrace and record the complexities of grief. The individuals who participated in the workshops have taken part in a performance at the Southbank Centre, during the Belief and Beyond Belief Festival. Their collective experience of death and grief informed the content of the performance as a shared collection of memories of the grieving process.