For many of us, talking about loss is an incredibly painful and difficult thing. It takes strength and courage to describe how you are feeling after a bereavement, and all too often, we avoid the conversation because we can’t find the right words.

When Words Hurt is an exhibition hosted by Let’s Talk About Loss to explore creative ways of communicating grief. The famous saying goes, “a picture tells a thousand words”, and we want to use this exhibition to explore unique ways of telling our stories of bereavement. Since 2017, Let’s Talk About Loss has accepted blog posts from individuals wishing to share their thoughts on grief. With this exhibition, instead of asking for a blog post, we’re asking for creative submissions that we will display as part of the exhibition.

The exhibition details

We won funding for this innovative, cutting-edge exhibition in October 2018, from Nottingham based arts fund Hard Heads and Hang Ups and #NottsSoup. They called for ideas that improved people’s mental health using the arts, and we were thrilled to win the money to host and manage this exhibition.

When? The exhibition will be open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Sunday 16th June. Please note the following opening times for THiNK in NG: Fridays, 9am – 6pm; Saturdays, 10am – 6pm; Sundays, 11am – 5pm.

Opening times are detailed below:

Friday 24th May – 09:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 25th May – 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 26th May – 11:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 31st May – 09:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 1st June – 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 2nd June – 11:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 7th June – 09:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 8th June – 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 9th June – 11:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 14th June – 09:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 15th June – 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 16th June – 11:00am – 5:00pm

Where? We are privileged that THiNK in NG, a Nottingham city centre event space, are hosting the exhibition for us. Find them here: 2 Cobden Chambers, Nottingham NG1 2ED.

Take a look at the exhibition…

Have a watch of our promotional video for When Words Hurt, filmed on our opening night in May.



Please note submissions are now closed.

What we hope to achieve

At Let’s Talk About Loss, we do what we say on the tin. We talk about loss. We start difficult conversations, ask questions that others avoid, and get young people who have been bereaved talking about how they are feeling.

Words can be messy, painful, ill-advised and unkind

However, we know that for some, words hurt. Words can be messy, painful, ill-advised and unkind. Many young people are scared to talk about how they are feeling for fear of being judged, ignored or shunned. We want to give everyone the opportunity to share their stories of loss, even when words hurt.

We would love you to join us for the exhibition, whether you decide to submit a piece or not. Join this Facebook event to find out more and attend the exhibition. Together, we’re talking through the taboos. Together, let’s talk about loss.

More information about our wonderful location and supporters

THiNK in NG Meeting Rooms and Art Gallery in Nottingham City Centre provide space and support to make good things happen. They can be found at Cobden Chambers, off Pelham St, Nottingham NG1 2ED, and are accessible to wheelchair users. Follow them at:, @thinkin_ng and contact them at

Lets Talk About Loss was awarded funding from Hard Heads and Hang Ups at a #NottsSoup Arts and Mental Health special event. #NottsSoup is organised by THiNK in NG and provides opportunities for people with good ideas to pitch for funding from an audience who pays a fiver for donated soup. Our Arts and Mental Health special is supported by additional donations from Lubrizol and others. The next one is 6-9pm Thursday 16th May and details including how to apply to pitch are at

Lubrizol is committed to being a good corporate citizen in all of the communities where we live and work. Lubrizol employees have given their time, skills, experience, dedication and energy, supporting many local community initiatives and charities, positively affecting hundreds of lives over many years. At Lubrizol Hazelwood we’ve proudly supported the Hard Heads and Hang Ups and #NottsSoup events for the past three years at the THiNK Gallery.

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