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The Grief Gallery

GRIEF AND LOSS EXPLORED THROUGH ART AND DESIGN

CURATOR, CHARLENE LAM

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If you were to curate an exhibition about your loved one, what would you choose to display?

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The Grief Gallery

PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON

The Belongings of Loved Ones Lost

CURATED BY CHARLENE LAM

The Grief Gallery presents exhibitions, installations and events featuring the belongings of loved ones lost during international design festivals, including NYCxDESIGN, the London Design Festival and DesignTO (Toronto).

After independent curator Charlene Lam lost her mother suddenly in 2013, she leaned into her creativity and curatorial instincts to guide herself through grief. Faced with the impossible task of emptying out her mother’s dream house, she asked herself:

“If I was to curate an exhibition about my mother, which 100 objects would I choose?”

That question — “If I was to curate an exhibition about my mother, which 100 objects would I choose?” — was the key to making progress with her mom’s belongings, moving through her grief and moving forward with her own life. It was also the seed for The Grief Gallery, with the first exhibition incorporating her mom’s belongings taking place in London in 2015.

In the years since, through The Grief Gallery, her work as a certified grief coach and her Curating Grief framework, she spotlights the objects left behind after a loved one dies as a powerful source of connection, awareness and healing. 

This is The Grief Gallery’s core belief:

We are ALL curators after a loved one dies.

JOIN US LIVE

The Grief Gallery monthly gathering

Next gathering: Wednesday May 29th, 2pm ET (NYC) / 7pm UK time

Part of the Reimagine End of Life Event Calendar

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Upcoming Events

Grief and Artistic Expression, Sun Oct 29th

Join Charlene Lam, curator of The Grief Gallery, and Valerie David, Writer/Performer of award-winning solo show “The Pink Hulk,” for Grief and Artistic Expression: How It Can Uplift the Soul. Sun Oct 29th at 3pm ET / 7pm UK. Free event on Zoom.

Passed and Present: Remembering Loved Ones During the Holidays, Thur Nov 16th

Curator Charlene Lam in conversation with fellow grief experts Allison Gilbert, Hope Edelman and Dr. Jason Troyer. Free event on Zoom. Thur Nov 16th at 1pm ET/6pm UK. 

Curating a Grief Gallery, Sat Jan 27th

In this live, interactive workshop with grief coach and curator Charlene Lam of The Grief Gallery, you’ll learn how to get started with curating a grief gallery for your person. Questions welcome! $39, use code Pause for half off.

GRIEF COACHING

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Need help with grief, or know someone who does?

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Curating Grief

It's a common problem:

How do you choose what to keep after a loved one dies?

PREVIOUS EXHIBITIONS 

Curating Grief Pop-Up

Part of London Design Festival, Sept 2022

The Grief Gallery hits the streets of East London with a traveling plinth.

Red Ribbon Dance

A classic Chinese dance form, the red ribbon dance has layers of meaning for me and my mom. Here's why I dance in her memory.

She Was Asian American

Part of NYCxDESIGN, May 2022

Featuring photographs, belongings and stories of Asian American women, including the curator’s Chinese-American mother and other family members

The Grief Gallery at DesignTO

Part of the DesignTO Festival in Toronto, Canada, January 2022

During Toronto’s annual design festival, The Grief Gallery welcomed visitors to acknowledge personal and collective losses through the contemplation and celebration of objects: the belongings of loved ones lost. 

WHAT THE CAMERA CAPTURES

Part of NYCxDESIGN, November 2021

An online exhibition exploring the role of the camera in processing grief and loss during New York City's annual design festival. Three New York creatives who have lost loved ones share their photography-based projects.

The Grief Gallery: Created & Commissioned

Part of the London Design Festival and Shoreditch Design Triangle, September 2021

Visitors are invited to explore these universal themes through creative work commissioned in memory of loved ones.

This Is How We Remember

The belongings of loved ones lost are captured in a series of illustrations by Brooklyn-based painter and designer Yeesan Loh.

ABOUT

Why a grief gallery? Learn More

The Grief Gallery was founded by curator and grief coach Charlene Lam.

Interested in learning more about grief coaching? Get in touch to book a complimentary call.

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CONTACT

hello@thegriefgallery.com

EVENTS

Join us for The Grief Gallery's monthly grief gathering the last Wednesday of the month.

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