Fabiola Santana - A Home for Grief

Fabiola Santana - A Home for Grief
Date 12th - 16th Jul 2023 Price Free Location Tramway Book tickets Tickets for the 1-to-1 performance are fully booked

Experience the Sound-Walk and Installation this Thursday and Sunday - no ticket required

In her genre-crossing programme, Fabiola Santana explores different ways to share grief. Journey through the cityscape surrounding Tramway while you listen through headphones to the voices of different women as they talk about grief, loss and tenderness. Then visit an audio-visual Installation inside our venue.

Access the Sound Walk through an app available at Tramway. All you need is a mobile device and headphones, and there is assistance to help you download this onsite.

You can also visit the Installation without the Sound Walk, it's open 12 noon to 5pm on Thursday and Sunday.


More about this project 

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 (these performances are now fully booked)

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

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.

The walk includes 25 minutes walking, 25 minutes standing and 15 minute sitting, and you should take it at a slow pace.

The route uses public pavements and pathways around the local area, there are no stairs. Wheelchair users may need to make some adjustments to account for high kerbs and parked cars.

If you have difficulty walking for long periods you can access the piece as a sound experience only, from home, perched under a tree or seated in a nearby garden.

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

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