Multi-media visual art installation exploring loss and grief and healing through curiosity and conversation.

Video about the project

Routes of Sorrow video

                                          Video – Dr Larissa Allwork, University of Northampton

Dr Larissa Allwork

                                           talk:  VISUAL ARTISTS AND PUBLIC MEMORIALS



IN PARTNERSHIP with several lecturers from the University of Northampton and an art therapist, the aim of this project is to explore responses, thoughts and feelings around themes found within the artwork, that is, the concepts chronic sorrow and inherited sorrow. Workshop participants include:members of the public,  service clients, and care professionals. The intention is to bring art into life:  taking multiple approaches to using visual art as a stimulus for discussion – as public memorial and memory.


Impact Project and Staged Evaluation

∞      Direct engagement– 2 sessions (working with service clients and customers) Hayley Singlehurst Mooney and here

and 1 session (working with professionals in the caring professions) – Helen O’Loughlin


∞      Indirect engagement– 1 session (working with university students) – Wendy Turner

∞      Public vs Private – academic talk open to the public – Dr Larissa Allwork

∞      Mediated Loss – academic talk open to the public – Dr Sonya Andermahr


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IN PARTNERSHIP with St Andrew’s Healthcare, a charity leading innovation in mental health care, my artwork entitled Routes of Sorrow, Grieving Without Finality, has been, and will be, used as a resource by in-house St Andrew’s professionals. Within St Andrew’s facilities,  the artwork is viewed by those who are experiencing, or have experienced, loss or sorrow, under the guidance and supervision of trained mental health professionals. Together they look at and discuss the artwork and explore the symbols held within.  The artwork is a resource and guide with which to help others to understand and cope with grief and loss, through curiosity and conversation – and through the act of creating new interpretations.

Recently, Routes of Sorrow, Grieving Without Finality was installed in the Multi-Faith Room at St Andrews Healthcare in Birmingham, from 27 August until 30 September 2014.  Several projects were begun, and permission to include one image on this website was granted. General feedback quotes from patients and staff:  The subject was interesting, relevant and meaningful.  It was sad and nostalgic. Patients were able to connect with sadness, highlighting some good and bad experiences from Pam’s work and connecting to their own experiences in their lives. Some felt that it had big impact by observing the work. One patient felt that the highlight was the dried roses and the use of them. (from Creative Spirit Workshop report, December 2014)




St Andrews Healthcare Northampton on display in the Chapel from 10 – 17 April 2014. The Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Service Teams, headed by Neil Tyrer. Under the title “Excellence in Spiritual Care, Training & Research”, they met to discuss how to utilise this display so that it may serve the spiritual, religious and pastoral needs of service users, staff, relatives, and visitors of all religions and none. During the week, Creative Spirit Art Workshops were held during Holy Week in which “to explore the concepts of sorrow and sadness, hope and new life….[which] were particularly relevant….for many patients at St. Andrew’s experiencing mental illness and/or disability.” The aim of the event was “to offer an opportunity to explore in a safe environment some of the[se] fundamental questions.” (quotes from the Chaplaincy & Spiritual Care Service report, June 2014)

St Andrews Healthcare, NorthamptonRoutes of Sorrow, ©Pam Foley, St Andrews Healthcare, Northampton


Responses from patients, some using the dried rose petals provided (the dried rose and it’s petals is an important symbol within the entire artwork)







Group exhibition at The Island Gallery, Bristol, Bridewell Street Bristol, BS1 2LE  

16TH SEP – 11TH OCT 2015







When Death Comes flyer

This series of handkerchiefs more deeply explores and extends the concepts of loss and of chronic sorrow introduced in a larger art installation called Routes of Sorrow by artist Pam Foley. The images in these quilted squares are meant to provoke a gentle reminder of a sorrowful situation or event. However, it is important to simultaneously hold at the fore of your thinking when confronted with a sudden request to recall such a situation or event, consideration of the material on which the images reside. The material is a soft and cosy square of cotton.

In time, more quilted squares will be added to this artwork, and a larger quilt with more images will be made.

Both the bird (with a broken wing) and the rose are symbols, representing two aspects the self: our internal being (bird), and our external presentation to the world (the rose).

The bird has a broken wing and is wounded and vulnerable. The dried roses and rose petals convey a sense of loss and become a fragile put permanent reminder of chronic sorrow.

Also included was a commissioned audio piece by OXUS

Dead Dad, ©Pam Foley 
Aloneness, ©Pam Foley
Aloneness, ©Pam Foley
I Can Take It, ©Pam Foley



Exhibition at St Barnabas Church, Oxford– 10 February – 10 April, and again from 22 October to 27 November 2014. The later display was part of the Kicking The Bucket Festival


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St Barnabas Church, OxfordRoutes of Sorrow, ©Pam Foley, St Barnabas Church, Oxford



Exhibition at Inter-Action Gallery, Milton Keynes, 30 September – 16 October 2013

Routes of Sorrow, ©Pam Foley



10 October 2013, Inter-Action Milton Keynes photo by Adrian PinckardRoutes of Sorrow, ©Pam Foley, 10 October 2013, Inter-Action Milton Keynes
photo by Adrian Pinckard
photo by Adrian PinckardRoutes of Sorrow, ©Pam Foley, 10 October 2013, Inter-Action Milton Keynes
photo by Adrian Pinckard
10 October 2013, Inter-Action Milton Keynes photo by Adrian PinckardRoutes of Sorrow, ©Pam Foley, 10 October 2013, Inter-Action Milton Keynes
photo by Adrian Pinckard

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Artist Pam Foley maintains a studio practice in South Northants. Over the past 3 years she has been working on this project. As the sister of twin severely autistic  brothers, she has been interested in the concept of ‘chronic sorrow’ or put simply, grieving without finality. She has created this artwork to address this concept.