Leanne Pearce’s Breastfeeding Portraits to be displayed in hospitals
From November 27th 2020 breastfeed - Portraits with Purpose will be a crowdfunder project to enable Leanne to gift her original breastfeeding artwork to hospitals and other appropriate organisations. Support this project here... https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/display-ing-breatsfeeding-portraits-with-pride
Over the last five years breastfeeding has been inspiration for her artwork. She is also a mum, breastfed both her daughters and feel passionately that this maternal act is not showcased in our society in the celebratory way it should. So she took it upon myself to paint women breastfeeding their babies and children in artwork she titled breastfeed - Portraits with Purpose. She has painted over 20 women with breastfeeding as the focal point of the portraits. The artwork are super sized, the largest being 4 foot by 6 foot- big, celebratory and ever present, displaying connection and maternal love.
She toured this exhibition up and down the country to community spaces, universities and art galleries with great success and positive feedback, (this is a self funded project, she have received no payment or funding for doing this).
She has now decided the portraits need a permanent home, where they can benefit more women and the wider community, highlighting breastfeeding in a positive light. She is now crowdfunding to help raise funds in order to gift 13 original portraits to appropriate venues across the UK, aiming to raise £13k, to cover transportation costs (petrol, van hire & driver), materials, packaging and printing costs; averaging £1000 per location.
Through a nomination process set out earlier this year 13 venues have been selected to receive an original breastfeeding portrait to display. The selection process was carried out by Leanne and a committee of professionals.
There are 13 original large scale portraits available (artwork can also be commissioned), 1 per organisations.
The chosen locations are as follows (in no particular order):
1. Frimley Park Hospital - Camberely
2. Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust- London (Neonatal Unit)
3. Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital- Grimsby
4. Stroud General Hospital (Stroud Maternity Unit)
5. Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (Simpson Maternity Pavillion)
6. Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
7. Poole Hospital - Dorset (Neonatal Unit)
8. NHS Tayside, Ninewells Hospital -Dundee
9. Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
10. Amazing Start/ Healthworks Newcastle
11. Snapdragons Plymouth CIC
12. Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals - Surrey
13. Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
The venues are delighted to have been nominated and feedback has shown that the portraits of breastfeeding women would "look amazing on our hospital walls", "it would be a dream come true to be able to share your work with the families and staff on the unit and across the hospital" and "very much hope that we are successful as we have low breastfeeding rates, high covid admissions and feeling as though we NEED something visual and positive to lift morale!".
Financial support from you will be rewarded with gifts in exchange, there are lots to receive such as signed publication about the breastfeed project, postcards and prints of the artwork.
Personally, for Leanne to complete a successful crowdfunding project would be a dream come true and make a significant impact on my professional art practice. Ultimately her hopes are for the artwork to be displayed at appropriate venues where it can, start positive conversation, help people look differently at this precious, maternal act and make an impact on the way individuals and our communities are exposed to breastfeeding. This collection is titled breastfeed Portraits with Purpose and truly hoping with your financial support they will be positively meaningful displayed in our society.
Support this project here... https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/display-ing-breatsfeeding-portraits-with-pride
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