Infant Feeding and Baby Making in Arts and Design Education, Research and Practice

  • Sutherland, S. (Presenter)
  • Jasmijn Toffano (Invited presenter)
  • Ruby Gamman Wragg (Invited presenter)

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk


Abstract – Action is needed to tackle inequalities in health in a post-pandemic world. The recent 2023 Lancet publications on breastfeeding highlight the need to address multilevel barriers to breastfeeding and chestfeeding to enable healthy, equalizing, and sustainable infant feeding practices. Every sector and discipline has a part to play. Jasmijn Toffano, Ruby Gamman Wragg and Sally Sutherland introduce and explain the importance of attending to and understanding the experiences of infant feeding and baby making in arts and design education, research and practice. Jasmijn and Ruby, two Graphic Communication Design students at the University of the Arts, London, share their lived experiences of becoming mothers while studying on an undergraduate design course and the barriers they continue to face. As positive, creative activism, Jasmijn and Ruby have created the ‘Baby Change Making’ Exhibition, a collaborative response to their shared experiences. Sally Sutherland, an AHRC-funded doctoral candidate and design lecturer from the University of Brighton, has been working with Jasmijn and Ruby to produce a manifesto for the Baby Change Making Exhibition, which outlines the relationship and importance of maternal and parental perspectives in art and design disciplines. The manifesto articulates why this is important and suggests how Art and Design Schools can respond and act.
Period26 Jun 2023
Degree of RecognitionRegional