We are delighted to announce a new pilot project, which will commence later this month. We are jumping with joy having received funding from Arts Council England and National Lottery Community Fund supported by Improbable, for a one-year artistic programme to develop support, opportunities and visibility for mother artists in Devon and to support maternal wellbeing. The pilot will establish the support network across 6 hubs in the county, including new rural hubs with MED Theatre in Dartmoor National Park and Libraries Unlimited in North Devon. We will bring mother artists & local creative industries together through a Devoted & Disgruntled Open Space event to discuss access and opportunities for mothers in the arts. We have partnered with Maketank, Exeter Culture and Exeter College to run artistic think tanks to explore the future of motherhood with girls and young women. We will offer free producer surgeries with Kaleider for mother artists. We will work with artist, midwife and mother, Laura Godfrey-Isaacs to run a Maternal Journal programme to support mental wellbeing in early motherhood, supported by Exeter Babies. MWM Devon is led by Lizzy Humber and will culminate in Autumn 2020 with a 4-week gallery exhibition at Exeter Phoenix. More details will be on our website in the coming months.
We’re delighted to announce that we will launch a new Mothers Who Make Hub supported by The Marlowe in Canterbury on Tuesday 19th November 10.30am-12.30pm.
Mothers Who Make is a monthly peer support group for mothers who are artists & makers, in any discipline and at any stage on their creative paths.
Every kind of maker is welcome- professional and/or passionate – writers, painters, performers, producers, musicians, bakers, crafters, architects, historians ….
Every kind of mother is welcome- biological, adoptive, step, surrogate, foster, grand, great grand, to be ….
Children are encouraged to attend too and are integrated into the meeting, for the dual roles of mother and artist are recognised and given equal value within all MWM events.
The new hub has been founded by Sarah Winn (mother, actor, performer and creator) and Kristin Fredricksson (mother, performer, theatre-maker, teacher, researcher, Feldenkrais practitioner and improviser) who will facilitate the monthly peer meetings.
Sarah has created various theatre projects, including work in young offender institutes and prisons and community based performance. She recently moved to Canterbury from London and is a proud mother of 2.
Kristin trained with Lecoq in the 90s and has worked in theatre solo and with many companies in Europe, Japan and the UK. She is artistic director of the multiple award-winning company, Beady Eye. She is currently part of a project working with autistic girls and a new project with Beady Eye called ‘MEarth MOthers' (climate clowns).
Mothers Who Make began in 2014, with Matilda Leyser (Mother/Theatre Maker/Associate Director Improbable Theatre) as a way to explore the experiences and challenges specific to being both a mother and an artist. Matilda said:
“I noticed many parallels between the two roles [of mother and artist]: both are concerned with creativity and play, both require stamina, patience and sensitivity. Both are fuller than full time. This is work that will not be left behind at 5.00pm, work that wakes you up at night, concerned with fundamental questions of identity, looking after and making sense of who we are, where we have come from, who we might become. Mothers and artists are as vital, arguably more so, than bankers and politicians to our future. Despite this both jobs have precious little status in the current cultural climate.”
Zoe Gardner who co-runs MWM North London hub will facilitate the first meeting.
Thursday 19th September | 10.30am-12noon | Torre Abbey
We are delighted to open our 3rd hub in Devon in partnership with Torre Abbey and Doorstep Arts. Hosted by Anna Gilroy, Kate Richards and Jade Campbell, the first session will be led by Lizzy Humber.
Mother Friendly Life Drawing
Sunday 29th September | 10.30am-12noon | Top Studio, Exeter Phoenix | £5.50
In partnership with Mothers Who Make Exeter & Exeter Phoenix
Mother and artist Hester Berry pilots a friendly, untutored life drawing class open to mothers with children of any age. As will all MWM events children welcome to join in, play, sleep, but the class is adult centred. This offers makers professional and/or passionate a chance to try something new, or to get back to a creative process which many mothers struggle to make time for. The model will do a couple of long poses, allowing artists to interrupt their drawing at any point without missing short poses. Although this session is untutored, help and advice is available for anyone wanting to improve their drawing skills. Paper, pencils and charcoal are provided, with boards on a first-come-first-served basis. Do bring your own materials if you prefer.
Mothers Who Make is a growing national initiative aimed at supporting mothers who are artists - professional and/or passionate – writers, painters, actors, dancers, musicians, film-makers… every kind of maker is welcomed, and every kind of mother. MWM Exeter runs a peer support meeting at Exeter Phoenix the last Thursday of every month.
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