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Lord Mayor unveils poignant sculpture reflecting on infant loss

Date: 15 Oct 2021

Category: Peace IV


Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl and artist Kelly Morris beside artwork

Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl joined artist Kelly Morris at City Hall this evening to unveil a poignant artwork that evoked reflection and awareness of infant loss.

The special sculpture was created as part of a cross-community project with women from north and west Belfast - part of the EU funded Belfast PEACE IV programme.

The project entailed 28 women of different ages and backgrounds coming together to share their personal stories of pregnancy and baby loss.  

Kelly worked with the women, through Shankill and Clonard Women’s Centres, journaling their experiences where they shared their babies names, heartbreak and pain. The project involved journal writing, photography and listening and talking about their individual experiences.

The sculpture was unveiled at City Hall this evening which also illuminated in pink and blue to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week. Sands NI also held a ‘Wave of Light’ candle lit vigil.

The Lord Mayor said: “It is fitting this beautiful, poignant sculpture was unveiled this evening during Baby Loss Awareness Week. The courage of the women who took part in this special project - engaging in such a deeply personal journey, must be commended. I also want to thank Sands for being with us and their invaluable work and support to bereaved parents and families who have experienced the heartbreak of baby loss.”

For more information on the PEACE IV programme, visit  www.belfastcity.gov.uk/PEACEIV

The programme is financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

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