THE MOTHER HOUSE
Dyana Gravina – Procreate Project
Amy Dignam – Desperate Artwives
The Mother House is opening in London this September – the very first art studio with co-produced and flexible childcare model.
The Mother House, it’s a new initiative directed by Procreate Project in collaboration with Desperate Artwives. The Mother House is born in response to the urge of “making” within the life-changing experience of motherhood, offering a collaborative yet intimate space to curate artists’ practice whilst ensuring their journey into motherhood is fed in a creative and inclusive way.
THE MOTHER HOUSE IS AN EXPERIMENTAL, DEDICATED CREATIVE SPACE FOR LONDON-BASED MOTHER-ARTISTS TO EXPLORE A LONG TERM DREAM AND MAKE IT A REALITY.
“Mother House is something that has been screaming to be born ever since the Womenhouse at the CalArts in the ´72!” - Deidre Donoghue, M/other Voices Founder.
Over 36 London based artists and their children are coming together for an exploratory month into the intersection between the roles of mother and artist, observing the importance of their impact on private lives and within society.
The Mother House residency is starting the 5th of September 2016 at the IKLECTIK Art Lab in London Waterloo and will provide a familiar context to share and reveal both the challenges and privileges of being a mother. The space will provide the artists with the freedom of working independently or alongside their children and it will also give them the opportunity to work in collaboration with other artists and create a supportive and inspiring network.
This short-term project would demonstrate how a dedicated space provides crucial support for mother artists’ professional development.
This experiment will turn into an artwork itself as a documentary, which will be shown for a final open-house day on the 9th of October, celebrating this journey and exhibiting all the works created during this time.
‘The Mother House London’
From 5th September to 29th September 2016 (Everyday from 10:00 to 17:00)
Open-house / Final Exhibition day - 9 th October 17:00 – 20:00
IKLECTIK Art Lab
‘Old Paradise Yard’
20 Carlisle Lane (Royal Street corner) next to Archbishop’s Park
The Mother House Project will also hold talks and workshops during the weekends. Please refer to the website for full events timetable and artists list.
“Mother House recognizes the role space plays in creative work and exchange alongside the complexity of mother artists’ needs. Mother House inspires a wider understanding of artists engaged with their practices as mothers which is especially vital in a cultural epicenter like London where support is recognized as indispensable to artistic production” – Althea Greenan, Special Collection Curator and Researcher for the Women’s Library (Make) at Goldsmith’s College.
Dogfaced Boy is a female fronted theatre company dedicated to new stories about women, by women, for everyone.
The Mother House is supported by:
Prams in the hall
Feminism in London
IKLECTIK Art Lab
THE BREAKS IN YOU AND I
Writer: Lizzie Milton / director: Holly Robinson
11, 12, 18 & 19 Sept 2016
SHOWS ON SUN & MON ONLY. 4 perfs in total.
We are watching TV and it happens. It drops. All inside of me. I do not love you. In fact, I think you repulse me a bit. You know what triggered it? You farted. Right in that good bit in Being John Malkovich. And I know it seems like a little thing, but it becomes this whole big metaphor for our relationship. You, my darling wife, are dispersing your shit molecules all over the good bits of my life.
Chloe sleeps spread out like a starfish every night. Her life is full of yoga, wine and definitely not missing Joanna. Joanna hasn’t changed her pants in ten days, because she can’t work out how to use the washing machine. Oh, and she’s starting to suspect Chloe’s controlling her mind. A grotesquely comic account of breaking up, amid fried chicken, conspiracy theories and a lot of alcohol.
Written by Lizzie Milton, directed by Holly Robinson, designed by Fié Neo The Breaks in You and I is Dogfaced Boy’s debut production starring Charlotte Merriam and Nina Shenkman.