Invisible Thread is a multi-layered programme of work including intimate doorstep performances and participatory arts experiences for mothers and babies up to 12 months old, that aim to have a positive effect on maternal wellbeing. First piloted in 2019, we are delighted to be adapting this project to take place in Gloucestershire and South Bristol in Spring 2021, in response to the enormous stresses placed on pregnant women and new mothers by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Invisible Thread has three interwoven elements:
1. Doorstep performances
Developed from our indoor performances in 2019, these performances will take place on doorsteps, in cul-de-sacs and outside blocks of flats to mothers of any age and their babies, families and neighbours. They will feature 2 musicians, playing a suite of specially composed music.
2. Bracelet making activity - 'From one mother to another'
For crafty mothers everywhere! We are preparing an activity pack and instruction video demonstrating how you can make bracelets that you can give to support a mum you might know. Alternatively you can send them back to us to give to the mothers we meet during this project. The bracelets are a reminder of the invisible threads that connect communities of mothers around the world. Keep watching this page to find out how you can get involved.
3. Outdoor wellbeing groups for mothers and babies up to 12 months
From February - March 2021 we are running weekly wellbeing groups in 4 areas of Gloucestershire and 2 areas of South Bristol for mothers and babies up to 12 months old. Using creative activities, walking and lots of chat, these groups will support your wellbeing and connect you to other mothers during lockdown. For more information and how to book click here.
Please note: These support groups are fully compliant with Lockdown 3 regulations. For further information please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
2019 creative team
Devised by Catherine Boot, Hobbit, Julia Turner, Claire Northey and Laura McEwen
From an original concept by Catherine Boot
Hobbit - circus artist
Claire Northey - musician
Julia Turner - musician and composer
Catherine Boot - director
Laura McEwen – designer
Matilda Leyser - mentor
Cassandra Rosa - doula
Ruth Price - dance movement psychotherapist
Invisible Thread is supported by Arts Council England, Gloucestershire NHS CCG, Bristol City Council, Quartet Community Foundation, Barnwood Trust, Gloucestershire Community Foundation, Kingshill House, Strike A Light, Gloucestershire Libraries and GL4.
With thanks to: Lancaster Arts, Little Treasure Toy Shop, The Mill Arts Centre, Circomedia, Arts Council England and Farnham Maltings, who supported the research and development of Invisible Thread in 2019.