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Mothering, Making - but what about the Mating?!
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Question of the Month:
Mothering, Making - but what about the Mating?!
 

 Spring has sprung at last. The bluebells are out in our garden. The apple tree is in blossom and a pair of wood pigeons that nest there are clearly busy. It is the month of May. The mating season has begun.  
Mating. The thing that often, though not always, precedes mothering. A mate: your partner; your other half; your significant other; your wife; your husband; your spouse; your girlfriend; your boyfriend; your man; your woman; your dear one; your queer one; your ex. Have I left yours off the list? Please add them in….
I feel nervous as I sit down to write about this. I have said before that I aim to challenge the ‘professional versus personal’ paradigm around which our lives are organised and via which the personal gets a poor name. But isn’t this theme getting a little too personal? It is okay to talk about mothering – it’s personal but valuing it is what I am advocating. It is okay to talk about making – it’s both personal and professional – that’s the point. It straddles both. But your mate? Your partner? Isn’t that a step too far? It feels like a ‘hot spot.’ It is tender, difficult, awkward, and yet it is huge. An elephant in the room, or a father/ mother/ non-binary other, just outside it. All the more reason to brave it. Here goes….


Read on HERE

Regular Listings
Bristol: 
Meetings are at Bristol Old Vic
Wednesday 16th May
Wednesday 13th June
10 - 11.30am

Halifax:
Meetings are at Craft Locker
Friday 18th May
Wednesday 20th June
10am-12noon

South London:
Meetings are at Battersea Arts Centre 
Tuesday 22nd May 
Saturday 23rd June
Tuesday 24th July
10.30-12.30pm

North London:
Meetings are at JW3 
Friday 18th May
10am-12noon

Manchester:
Meetings are at HOME
Monday 21st May
 
10.30am - 12.30pm.

Newcastle:
Meetings are at Northern Stage
Wednesday 2nd May
10.30am-12pm 

Sheffield
Meetings are at Crucible Lyceum Studio 
Wed 23 May
Tue 19 June 
Mon 16 July
10.30am-12.30pm

York
Meetings are at York Art Gallery
Wednesday 9th May
Wednesday 11th June
Wednesday 13th July
10-11.30am
New Groups coming up
London City at Theatre Deli
May 30th 11am-2pm

Exeter at The Phoenix
Thurs 31 May
Thurs 28 June
Thurs 26 July
10.30am-12pm
See their Facebook group HERE

Also watch this space for hubs opening in Dartington, Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, Frome, Liverpool and Cardiff.

Is your area not on the list?

Get in touch to make a MWM hub happen near you: matilda@motherswhomake.org

 
Warm wishes,

Matilda
PS from our friends ... 
Procreate Project is launching a new platform for the promotion and dissemination of original art-works, prints and publications made by contemporary artists who are mothers.
To further ensure professional development of contemporary female artists with caring responsibilities, the online shop will promote and sell original art worksincluding painting, photography, sculptures, drawings, illustrations and prints.
The art works don’t have necessarily to respond to or be related to the theme of motherhood as the Procreate Project shop aims to promote the work made by mothers, no matter what the theme is. 
We will also be selecting hard-to-find publications related to the themes of motherhood, womanhood and feminism.
To apply, visit the website
HERE
 
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