How can the arts be ‘mother friendly’ as well as child friendly‘?

To get to the Fringe will have taken careful planning, sleepless nights and financial risk. This is also true of motherhood!

Mothers Who Make will be running three peer support meetings at Edinburgh Fringe this August.

Mothers who Make is a grass roots, national initiative, dedicated to supporting mothers that hold the dual roles of mother and artist.

Every kind of maker is welcome - professional and/or passionate –in any discipline and at any stage on their creative paths - writers, painters, performers, film makers, dancers, producers, musicians, crafters…

Every kind of motheris welcome- biological, adoptive, step, surrogate, foster, grand, great grand, to be …. 

Children of any age are encouraged to attend too and are integrated into the meeting, for the dual roles of mother and artist arerecognised and given equal value within all MWM events.

Meeting offer a supportive, creative space in a number of ways; to connect, share, network and participate.




4th August, 11th & 18th August


12 – 1.30pm


FREE. No booking required.

Facilitated by:


Liz Richardson, Theatre Maker and Mother.

Liz runs MWM Manchester Hub, and is in Edingburgh with her new show Swim which you can see at Pleasance Courtyard at 3.30pm 1-12 and14-26 August.


The Yellow Room in Fringe Central

Mothers Who Make is a place to share experience, network and connect simply on a human level at a time when they may feel particularly isolated. It also offers a forum and springboard to potentially make new work.
— Karen Traynor MWM Newcastle
MWM is a brilliant initiative - It was a huge part of me feeling more positive about my pregnancy, moving to a new city and trying to make work there.
— MWM Member
I felt like I wasn’t an artist anymore because I wasn’t making anything. I felt lost in my creative practice and isolated from the arts community before I joined. But the circle of women at every meeting inspired me to keep making, to value my mothering, to find the creativity in caring, and motivated me to keep going. Now I’ve written a solo show I’m taking around to the festivals this summer. All because of the support and inspiration I got from MWM.
— Delea Shand (Comedian, Opera Singer, Mother)