Art of Attachment – On Film

Film Installation

2020, 60mins


It is with great sadness we announce that our Art of Attachment film installation and associated talks / workshop activities at Brighton Festival 2020 have been cancelled.

Based on the latest government advice around social distancing measures and the peak of the Covid-19 epidemic in the UK is projected to coincide with the timing of the Festival in May, all planned events have been suspended.

Brighton Festival was due to take place from 2 to 24 May 2020 and is the largest annual, curated multi-arts festival in England. This is the first time since the Festival has been cancelled in its 53-year history. Due to the scale of the festival and the inclusion of many international artists and touring companies, rescheduling the festival as a whole would not be feasible

We are working to see if we can present some of this important work online. Stay tuned to hear more about how this develops via our social media or sign up to VDT’s enews.

Thanks as always for your support.

Stay safe,
Charlotte Vincent CEO / Artistic Director



“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.

The 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



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.

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.

Who's Who



Art of Attachment - On Film (2020)


For support with substance misuse call Oasis Project on 01273 696970.


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.