Art of Grief
DUST The Art of Grief is small organisation offering a range of creative ways to work with grief and honour the dead loved ones we have in our life.
At DUST we know through our collective personal experiences and through research into the art of grief that creative practice can help give shape to individual stories of loss enabling us to live with grief in a meaningful way.
DUST The Art of Grief believes in the power of artworks, artifacts and objects to guide us through grief giving voice to emotions we find difficult to express. Acting as tools for healing and transformation they can trigger personal stories, memories and feelings. At times grief can be lonely and silent. Often, we don’t know how to describe the range of emotions we are feeling. Shared story telling can happen when looking at a painting, artifact or through creative practice. Writing, painting, singing, stitching and making offer ways of being with this powerful darkness. We believe in creating a space where death, grief and loss can be openly discussed. We use objects, artworks and artifacts as a way of initiating difficult conversations and talking about emotional experiences.
DUST The Art of Grief recognises and encourages the ongoing relationship we have to family and friends who have died in our lives. Recent years have seen a shift from relinquishing ties to a loved one to the idea that we continue a healthy relationship with those who have died in our lives. Continuing bonds theory recognises the strength of the social bond that continues after someone close to us has died. DUST The Art of Grief explores this theory through creative practice looking at ways we can work with individuals to honour and enrich that relationship and to rediscover the presence of a person through an artwork and how to sustain presence in our on going lives. DUST The Art of Grief creates a space for our loved ones to be present.