The ProCreate Project, the Museum of Motherhood and the Mom Egg Review are pleased to announce the 24th edition of this scholarly discourse intersects with the artistic to explore the wonder and the challenges of motherhood. Using words and art to connect new pathways between the academic, the para-academic, the digital, and the real, as well as the everyday: wherever you live, work, and play, the Art of Motherhood is made manifest. #JoinMAMA
Art by Elisabeth Schön – See more at ProCreate Website:
Women will never stop discussing the complexities around being a mother and what motherhood (in its many forms) means for their professional life. Within the arts, there are a wide range of disciplines, each with their own subjective ways of determining an artist’s level of success. As individual artists, how do we define success within our practice, our community, and the greater art world? And, at the same time, how are we defining success as mothers?
As The Mother Load project enters its fifth year, we are creating a new way to engage in this dialogue through an anthology–a collection of essays by mother-artists. In collaboration with writer & editor Maggie Messitt, we will work to produce a collection that incorporates your stories and give personal narrative to the broader conversation about motherhood, artistic practice, and success.
We are currently seeking potential contributors to this project and are collecting applications until September 15, 2017. As you answer the following questions, please consider what parts of your story you are most passionate about sharing. What aspect of your life as a mother-artists do you think about with the most emotional and intellectual energy? Was there a single incident that taught you something important and from which others could really benefit? As this anthology focuses on sharing individual definitions of success, what are yours?
Your responses to the following questions will not only provide us with a writing sample, but it will assist our editorial team in determining the direction, if selected, you may (or can) take your essay. Selected contributors will work closely with our team throughout the writing and editing process (story inception, first draft, multiple edits, and a final essay for publication). SUBMIT: http://www.themotherload.org/
ALSO SEE PROCREATE PROJECT LEFTOVERS SUBMITTAL DEADLINE SEPT. 15: [LINK]
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
Who: Depserate Artwives Collective – Mother Artists!
What: We envisage each artist performing a repetitive domestic action or interruption of their own interpretation for the duration whilst wearing something red for recognition. (Some of the actions will be – folding, cleaning the floor, calling the children, hanging the washing etc). Where: In and around the Tate Modern.
Please be ready to start at 1pm.
The action is to be flash mob style. We will be starting by being spread out (please choose your position and if you can, let us know where you will be – roughly).
We will gradually get together for a big finale at approx. 1:45. Final meeting point will be at the river entrance on Queen’s Walks in between the trees’ path. When: Sunday the 6th of August from 1pm to 1:45 approx.
How Long: Approx 45 minutes Aims:
• To make visible Women doing domestic actions, in front of the Tate Modern at a time when finally we see a woman taking over as director of the gallery.
• To draw attention to the lack of women artists hanging in the gallery and represented throughout the art world in general.
• To draw attention to an invisible and legitimate and often unheard voice, that of the motherartist and to give it value.
• To demonstrate against and give voice and recognition to the silent unpaid work done by the many millions of women around the world that is diminished, minimised and unacknowledged.
If you cannot make it in person and will join us via Social Media:
• ON THE DAY post a picture of yourself whilst performing a domestic action on YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE or TWITTER ACCOUNT
• Wear something red
• Make sure you hash tag the following #uniteddespitethedistance #motherartist #desperateartwives