Our annual collaboration with the Royal Academy of Art has this year been exploring life, death, legacy and art through a series of displays, talks and workshops, both at St Christopher’s and the Royal Academy of Art in London’s Piccadilly.
As part of the project, artist Whitney McVeigh came to St Christopher’s to film and interview women at the end of their life, talking about their experience and memories of birth. Eight patients took part in the filming of the piece, entitled ‘Birth, origins at the end of life’, and although the experience was emotional at times, the patients were pleased to have the opportunity to talk about their experiences, leave a legacy for family, and feel that their experiences were of value and interest to others.
An excerpt from the film was shown at the Royal Academy on 27 March 2015. The film will also be shown in Edinburgh in December, and the Guardian Online is currently running a small edit of the film, which can be viewed below.