When Words Hurt: a Let's Talk About Loss exhibitionThis innovative exhibition on the art of grief, is coming to Nottingham in May 2019. It is hosted by Let’s Talk About Loss, the UK’s first support organisation for young people aged 16 to 30 who have been bereaved. The famous saying goes, “a picture tells a thousand words”. The exhibition will explore a creative way of sharing feelings, and seeks to show grief and loss in a new, unique way.It will be shown at THiNK in NG, a gallery space in Nottingham between 17th and 26th May, open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during this time.Let’s Talk About Loss won funding for this innovative, cutting-edge exhibition in October 2018, from Nottingham based arts fund Hard Heads and Hang Ups and #NottsSoup, supported by Lubrizol. They called for ideas that improved people’s mental health using the arts.For many people across the country, talking about loss is an incredibly painful and difficult thing. It takes strength and courage to describe how you are feeling after a bereavement, and all too often, it is easier to avoid the conversation than find the right words.Over 60 entries have been received from people across the world, including LA-based street artist and author Morley, who has over 50,000 followers on Instagram and whose inspirational words reach thousands of people across the globe, and London-based artist Poppy Chancellor who creates paper cut-out illustrations and wrote the book Cut It Out!Submissions, received from people of all ages, some Nottingham based and others further afield, include photographs, screen-prints, illustrations, embroidery, poetry, paintings and digital creations. The range of submissions is reflective of the range of reactions to bereavement and the unique nature of every journey of grief.Following the exhibition, the exhibition will be digitised, with jpeg formats of every submission uploaded to the Let’s Talk About Loss website, to extend the conversations started across the UK.Opening Night - Friday 17th May 2019 - 4pm-8pmThe opening night on Friday 17th May will be held at THiNK in NG in Cobden Chambers from 4pm to 8pm and everyone is welcome. There will be a complimentary drink for every attendee with an Eventbrite ticket.On the opening night, there will be grief based products for sale, including Mum’s Jumper, a simple, uplifting book about loss written and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Jayde Perkin, and paper cut-out illustrations from Poppy Chancellor. There will also be entertainment from Nottingham based spoken word artists and poets.Everyone is welcome to our exhibition opening. The opening is an informal event, you can arrive and leave at any time. After the event, When Words Hurt will be open till 26th May.Exhibition Opening TimesThe exhibition will be open to the public Friday 17th May – Sunday 19th May and Friday 24th May – Sunday 26th May. Please note the following opening times for THiNK in NG: Fridays, 12:30 – 5pm; Saturdays, 10am – 5pm; Sundays, 10am – 4pm.More details about the exhibition can be found here: https://letstalkaboutloss.org/when-words-hurt-a-lets-talk-about-loss-exhibition/Let's Talk About LossLet’s Talk About Loss was set up in 2016 by Beth Rowland, who lost her mum to cancer in 2015, when she was 20 years old. In March 2018, the first Let’s Talk About Loss meet up was started in Nottingham, and now has on average 15 young people aged 16 to 30 attending each month. Further groups now run in London and Bristol.The meet ups are led by volunteers who have experienced bereavement themselves and are a safe space to talk about loss while enjoying a relaxed social gathering with your peers. They aim to change the way bereavement support is offered to young adults by offering a fun, relaxed space with others their age to understand the complexities of bereavement as a young adult. To find out more about our meet ups, please visit our website.Since 2017, Let’s Talk About Loss has accepted blog posts from individuals wishing to share their thoughts on grief. This exhibition marks the first time the network has asked for creative submissions, and the aim is to use photos, artwork and imagery to start difficult conversations, ask questions that others avoid, and get the people of Nottingham talking about loss and death.