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Fiona Walpole-Trumper

Visual Arts, Nottingham Trent University

Thesis title:

Exploring the links between personal grief narratives in art and contemporary bereavement theories

My research focusses on how contemporary bereavement theories can be applied within fine art contexts, focussing on how sociological theory can be used to analyse and explain bereavement as represented in artworks created in the non-therapeutic setting of an artist’s studio. 

By carrying out practice-based, interdisciplinary study using both bereavement theory and contemporary art contexts of narrative, memory and the self, I will explore who artists depict personal grief narratives through their practice, to examine not only how art practice can communicate loss but also how it can assist in the renegotiation of relationships, and processing of continuing bonds.

Research Area

  • Visual Arts


September - October 2018, Centre for Substructured Loss, Berlin.

April 2014, Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium.


October 2018 - 'The Immaterial Weight Left Behind', Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin (group exhibition)

January - February 2013 - 'In Transition', The Washington Gallery, Penarth (group exhibition)

March - April 2012 - 'Domestic Life in Wales', Oxfam St Marys Street, Cardiff (group exhibition)