Anamnesis, an exhibition of new works by Marie Brett, will open at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cork on 8 March 2013 and at The Index Gallery, Waterford Central Library, on 23 April 2013. This exhibition forms part of The Amulet project, a process of collaboration between the artist and women who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. Alluding to the act of recollection, the works explore ideas around the use of amulets or keepsakes to commemorate infant loss.

The Amulet is a national, multi-site participatory arts project, initiated and led by West Cork based artist, Marie Brett, as a community collaborative initiative. The project was informed by a two-year research phase Marie led in partnership with Cork University Maternity Hospital and subsequent collaboration with bereaved parents in partnership with Cork University Maternity Hospital, Waterford Regional Hospital/Waterford Healing Arts Trust and the Mid-western Regional Maternity Hospital in Limerick.

The collaboration explored the idea of the Amulet as an object signifying farewell and memorial specific to pregnancy and infant loss primarily through dialogue, video and photography. This collaboration process has led to the Anamnesis exhibition of audio work, photographic drawings and a colour catalogue with photographs and commissioned essays on the theme which, in the words of the artist, ‘gives voice to sensitive and often hidden aspect of life experience, that of pregnancy and infant loss’. Special thanks are extended to participating bereaved family members who collaborated with the artist.

Anamnesis at Sirius Arts Centre

A public reception to launch Anamnesis will be held on Thursday, 7 March at 6:30 pm.

Exhibition dates: 8 March – 1 April 2013

Location: Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork

Telephone number: 021 4813790


Anamnesis at The Index Gallery, Waterford Central Library

Exhibition & Public Talk presented by The Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT)

Exhibition dates: 23 April – 3 May 2013 (Monday to Saturday from 10am – 5.30pm, and until 8pm on Wednesdays)

Location: Index Gallery, Waterford Central Library, Lady Lane, Waterford

There will be a free public talk in Waterford Central Library on Wednesday, 24 April at 6pm with artist Marie Brett, participant Mary and Nancy Falvey of the Ballyphehane/Togher Arts and Crafts Initiative (BTACI) which will be chaired by Mary Grehan, Arts Director of the Waterford Healing Arts Trust. All are welcome.

The Anamnesis exhibition publication, containing essays by participants, arts practitioners, project partners and academics is on sale from the WHAT Centre for Arts and Health.

Further information: Contact Waterford Healing Arts Trust at 051-842664 or email


The Amulet project is supported by the Arts Council/Create Artist in the Community award, the HSE (Cork) Arts and Health programme, the Social and Heath EducationProject and the Waterford Healing Arts Trust.

To learn more about The Amulet, please view the case study on the first phase of the project (2009-2011):


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