Art of Attachment at Brighton Festival

Film Installation Premier

2020, 75mins

‘There is no sentimentality in this piece, it does not ask us to judge or to pity – but allows us to witness the exhausting labours involved in experiencing, acting out and recovering from trauma.’ Rachel Thomson, Professor of Childhood and Youth Studies, University of Sussex

In 2018, Artistic Director Charlotte Vincent and Poet Lemn Sissay were commissioned by Brighton’s Oasis Project to produce new works in collaboration with women and children affected by substance misuse.

Combining testimonies from Oasis’ service users, provocative visual imagery and deeply moving performances by four women in recovery working alongside VDT collaborators Robert Clark and Antonia Grove, Vincent’s Art of Attachment is ‘agonisingly visceral, and often beyond words… a piece about love as an enduring source of hope.’ The Psychologist.

VDT’s Art of Art of Attachment film installation makes explicit the devastating impact of physical, sexual and emotional abuse on women’s lives and explores the complex bond between substance misusing mothers and their children. The work celebrates the everyday hope, resilience and resolve of women and children overcoming adversity, whose stories demand to be seen and heard.

Suitable for age 14+ with adult supervision

Drop in – ONCA, 14 St George’s Place, Brighton, BN1 4GB

12pm – 6pm, Wednesday – Sunday from 2 May – 24 May (installation opens Sat 2 May)


Art of Attachment is accompanied by a range of creative workshops, talks and debates addressing the themes of the work.

Workshops for families, parents, adoptive parents, foster carers and health, wellbeing and social care professionals, facilitated by VDT are available Tuesday to Friday mornings.

Thursday Evening Talks with participant performers from Oasis Project involved in making the work / Cath Lambert Associate Professor of Sociology at Warwick University in conversation with Charlotte Vincent discussing socially engaged arts /  Health and Wellbeing specialists discussing how attachment and trauma impacts on family life.

Please contact for details.

Art of Attachment was commissioned by Oasis Project, supported by Wellcome Trust. Vincent Dance Theatre is a National Portfolio Organisation, funded by Arts Council England, an Associate Company at Brighton Dome and Festival and Dream Artist at Pavillion Dance South West.

For support with substance misuse call Oasis Project on 01273 696970

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