Fabiola Santana - A Home for Grief

Fabiola Santana - A Home for Grief
Date 12th - 16th Jul 2023 Price Free - ticket required Location Tramway View map Book tickets Free tickets available via Eventbrite

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday - Sound-walk and installation 
Friday and Saturday - Sound-walk and 1-to-1 performances

For over five years artist Fabiola Santana has been collecting stories of grief from women in the North of the UK, as a way of reaching out to others and asking:

‘How do you do it? Can we sit together a moment and share our stories? Can we find ways to witness each other? And heal together?’

A Home for Grief is a collection of experiences made for one person at a time. A series of communal actions that search for ways to share grief across boundaries and histories.

The experiences begin with a sound-walk through the cityscape surrounding Tramway. On your journey you will listen on headphones to the voices of women from different backgrounds, some from the local area, on grief, loss and tenderness.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday the walk finishes by visiting an installation in Tramway. A collection of audio visual pieces. Five quilted grief maps of landscapes people shared they found inside themselves. Together they form a space of comfort where you are welcome to listen, to look, and offer your own experiences too.

On Friday and Saturday Fabiola will be offering her rare and precious 1-to-1 performance. In this private space you will be guided through an intimate experience exploring care, memory, ritual and grief. Entering alone, your presence will contribute to a tender conversation on how we say goodbye.

You can visit the installation without doing the walk on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Open 12pm to 5pm. 

Age recommendations
Sound-walk and 1-to-1 performance: 16+
Installation: Those under 14 must be accompanied by an adul

Audience notes
This performance features personal stories of grief, bereavement and references to death, and dying. If you have any questions or concerns please email info@tramway.org.

Transcripts for the sound-walk and installation are available as part of the experience / integrated in the tech.

The performance and installation are wheelchair accessible. Sound-walk access TBC.
If you wish to book the 1-to-1 performance without the walk for access reasons, please email info@tramway.org to arrange this.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring?
Please bring your own smart phone and headphones. You will need some space on the phone to download an app. You’ll be assisted to download the sound-walk directly onto your own phone through our app partner Go Jauntly. Tramway has a limited supply of spare headphones available to use.

How does ticketing work?
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday - Booking a ticket allows you to arrive at Tramway any time within a 1 hour slot, and experience the sound-walk and installation at your own pace. Allow between 1 to 2 hours for your experience (please note the Installation closes at 5pm, at the same time as Tramway).

Friday and Saturday - Booking a ticket gives you a specific time to arrive at Tramway. It’s essential to arrive on time so that you can attend the performance. The walk is circular, returning to Tramway for the 1 to 1 performance. Allow between 1hr 40mins to 2 hours for your experience.

Can I just show up?
Yes, the walk is available for everyone Wednesday - Sunday, regardless of booking. We may need to priorities those with tickets when giving assistance with the technology. The installation is open for everyone Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday TIME regardless of booking.

Do I have to go on the sound walk?
No, you can visit the installation Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday without doing the walk, from 12 noon to 5pm.
If you wanted to do the 1 to 1 without the walk this is also possible, please contact tramwayinformation@gmail.com
to arrange this.


A Home for Grief was previously supported using public funding by Arts Council England. In association with Lancaster Arts, Contact Theatre, Unity Theatre. Tech partner Go Jauntly. Health partners International Observatory of Care and Care Merseyside.


Photo by Phil Daley

Related events