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MWM: Introducing Some Wonderful Side Effects….
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Question of the Month:
Introducing Some Wonderful Side Effects….
 

Halfway through the Mothers Who Make Crowdfunding campaign that I ran back in December, a startling challenge to the campaign’s output appeared on the MWM Facebook page:
 

"Where is the sense - for the outsider - that all this isn't just tea and toddler natter? You have pictures of kids, and kids' toys, and mothers and kids - but where's the ART?! Where's the visual sense of the extraordinary capabilities in need of being nurtured here?" (Nicky Singer)
 

It was a very valid and vital challenge (thank you Nicky!). Once confronted in this way the truth seemed stunningly obvious – yes, of course – where was the art?! I had been so focussed on MWM as a process, as a peer support network that involved creating safe, well-held, pressure-free, diverse spaces, welcoming to any woman who identifies as a mother/maker, that I had not even considered representing the outcome, the art, within our campaign.

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Announcing the Mothers Who Make Commissions!

Mothers Who Make is delighted to announce our exciting commissioning initiative.

Emerging out of the National Theatre R&D group that Matilda ran last year, 7 London-based artists who are mothers have taken on a micro-commission to make a piece of work. 

So without further ado, we are delighted to introduce these 7 artists and their projects. DRUMROLL please……..


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

Exeter:
Meetings are at The Phoenix
Thurs 28 June
Thurs 26 July
10.30am-12pm
See their Facebook group HERE

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

London City:
Meetings are at Theatre Deli
27th June 11am-2pm

South London:
Meetings are at Battersea Arts Centre 
Saturday 23rd June 12.30pm-2.30pm: This month we are actually going to do some making in the room! A workshop for mothers and children alike, led by Kathryn Swordy.
See right for more details. 
Tuesday 24th July 10.30-12.30pm

North London:
Meetings are at JW3 
Friday 15th June
10am-12noon

Manchester:
Meetings are at HOME
Monday 18th June

Monday 16th July 
10.30am - 12.30pm.

Newcastle:
Meetings are at Northern Stage
Wednesday 4th July
Wednesday 1st August
10.30am-12pm 

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

York
Meetings are at York Art Gallery
Wednesday 11th July
10-11.30am
New Groups coming up
Oxford
Meetings are at The Oxford Playhouse
Tuesday 26th June 12pm-2pm

Stroud
Meetings are at Atelier Arts
Monday 9th July 10am-11.30am

Also watch this space for hubs opening in Ivy Bridge, Barnsley, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Liverpool, Cardiff, Ipswich and Norwich.

Is your area not on the list?

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

Matilda



Saturday June 23rd 12.30pm -2.30pm at BAC
 
Writer and textile-worker Kathryn Swordy will be running a creative workshop for mothers and children alike, that celebrates the artist in both of you. Using word and image, playing with colours and fabrics, we will be reflecting on the things we notice in everyday life, the things we find beautiful and precious.
PS from our friends ... 

The Inventory of Behaviours
Tate Moden 19-22 June
How do artists not make art? What are their rituals and habits?

The Inventory of Behaviours is a participatory performance event taking place at Tate Exchange, exploring the preparations and procrastinations that surround the production of artwork. We are looking for groups of people from varying creative disciplines who can help us explore these behaviours by re-enacting a growing ‘inventory’ of instructions sent by artists which allow us to recreate their habits and routines. 

At the end of the week we will reflect on what the Inventory of Behaviours can tell us about the conditions of the production of artworks today. We hope that by attempting to draw out some of the behaviours that are integral to the interior creativity of artists and employing re-enactment to embody them, we might better understand the possibilities for making and learning.

We would love for a group of MWM to join us at Tate Exchange. The space is fully accessible and babies and children are welcome. 
Contact: studio@inventoryofbehaviours.co.uk

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