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The Grief Gets Hidden

Joseph Cotgrave

The Grief Gets Hidden

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Joseph Cotgrave

The Grief Gets Hidden

For years we have hidden and still hide. We choose these FOUR WORDS to remember the hidden people - forgotten or marginalised. We often make our mental and physical health invisible and are challenged to the extreme by unseen pandemics, from AIDS to COVID-19, yet our handwritten words act as fragile charms reaching out to you, the touch of the human hand processed through state-of-the-art technology.

Our FOUR WORDS are now ready to appear using the camera on your mobile device, developed with Field in Sheffield. We have made thirty of them ready to come alive using Augmented Reality (AR) and have listed them by artist or community.

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Thanks to:

Special thanks to Mark, Sharon and Margaret of New Ferry CLT and credit for the New Ferry murals referenced in the project to Simon Crabtree (Simple Credit), Paul Curtis (artist) and Jo Bird (Councillor), Colin Dilnot, Rob Gandy (ghost stories), Friends of Dibbinsdale, Mark Evans (owl story), Scirard Lancelyn-Green, Paul Kelly, Brigitte Jurack, Poulton Lancelyn and Spital Residents Facebook Group, Dave Lay and all at the Port Sunlight Village History Group, Lynne Corlett (Pete Burns blessing), Marion Grundy Ridewood, Peter Miller, Alan Smail, Wirral Ranger Service, Agnes Dunn (proof-reading), Laura Brown and Patrick Kirk-Smith (Independents Biennial), all at Field especially Jonny, Jake and Andy, and all the dog walkers of the Dibbinsdale including Lulu, Colin/Ann/Molly/Claude, Hilary/Max/Tilly/Hatty, Alex/Molly, Steve/Hugo, Rolph/Diesel, Lesley/Ozzie, Maureen/Minky/Bramble/Thistle, Peter/Karen/Saffi, Phil/Helen/Dexter/Poppy, Sharon/Paul/Scout, Bill/Jack, Neill/Bailey, Steve/Olly, Lindsay/Chris/Dotty/Roo, Jackie/Charlie, Kev/Charlie, Dave/Lenny, June, Dave/Max/Dougal, Charlotte/Ron, Steve/Rita/Zak/Indy, Julian/Mikyla/Layla, Don/Ann/Bailey, Brian/Pat/Lottie, Billy/Pip, Gill/Dom, Ann/Abby, John/Winston (named after Lennon, not Churchill), Ron/Izzy, Louise/Penny/Gatsby/Buddy/Lola, Tembo, TJ, Little Walt, Archie, Che, Scooby, Fudge and Barry/Lynn/Barnie/Mason/Mojo.


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