Sleep and Parenting
Sleep and Parenting
Deck of Cards
The Sleep and Parenting collection explores how common scenarios during the first few years of parenting affect our sleep patterns and, consequently, our mood, behaviour, and approaches to everyday life. Questions, reflections, provocations, as well as actions and playful exercises have gradually informed and shaped a collaborative deck of cards which you can view here.
The Sleep and Parenting deck is designed to help introduce positive habits into the everyday of raising children, while also offering creative tools to look after mental health and well-being. The cards focus on simple and explorative tasks such as slow reading, mindful drawings, and basic design compositions revolving around four three areas: Reflection, Pause, and Decompress.
All the tasks are developed in response to various experiences collected throughout the duration of the project. The design is freely inspired by symbols and imagery from Tarot decks, re-purposed specifically for this project.
Hover or click on the cards below to flip them.
For as long as this deck of cards is on display and free to download, visitors can provide their own inputs. Help the collection of cards grow by downloading the Sleep and Parenting co-production toolkit below and by submitting your own unique “Task to spread Reflection, Pause, and Decompress” through the form below. In doing so, you will take part in the co-productive ethos of this project.
For an accessible version of the toolkit, please click here.
For an accessible, text-only version of the cards templates, please click here.
Contribute to the Exhibition
All the artworks on display are co-produced by Chiara Dellerba in collaboration with project participants and licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Special thanks to Dr Pam Alfonso-Miller for her expert input on the topic of sleep and parenting and to the project Research Assistant, Dr James Rákóczi, for his support throughout.
This online exhibition, curated by Chiara Dellerba, is part of the wider Understanding and Reimagining Sleep and Its Disorders project, run in partnership with The Sleep Charity and funded by a Wellcome Trust Research Enrichment Public Engagement Grant led by Dr Diletta De Cristofaro.
To view the other collections in the Reimagining Sleep exhibition, or to download the exhibition catalogue, click on the buttons below.
These works are licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0