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Event, 2 hrs

Re-emerge? New Parents, Covid-19 and Creativity

Exploring the challenges of parenting during the pandemic

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Join Dr Jessica Bradley and colleagues at The Art House in Wakefield for a panel discussion about the challenges faced by parents of infant and pre-school aged children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Experts from across the arts sector, perinatal mental health and educational research will discuss their experiences of working with and supporting new parents during a time of unprecedented change. They will explore findings from:

  • Becoming a new parent in the pandemic - a cutting edge research project which explored new parents’ experiences during the pandemic
  • Maternal Journal - an international programme which brings mothers together through creative journaling
  • Re-Emerge - a participatory arts programme focusing on wellbeing and creativity as people emerge into what is often called the ‘new normal’.

The panel includes artists and creative practitioners who specialise in art and motherhood, including:

  • Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, Midwife, artist and producer of Maternal Journal
  • Diane Saxon, Re-Emerge Coordinator at The Art House
  • Rebecca Thomas, Midwife and perinatal mental health expert from Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dr Fiona Scott, Lecturer in Education at the University of Sheffield

The 45-minute discussion will be followed by a Q&A, a light dinner reception and an opportunity for attendees to view artworks created by women for the Re-Emerge project.


The venue and exhibitions are designed to be fully-accessible to disabled visitors. For full details, visit the Art House website.

To support accessibility for parents at this event, children are welcome. If your child is over the age of 3 and/or requires a seat, please book them a separate ticket.





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