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.