Artist as Mother as Artist

artist as mother as artist



Preview event: Friday 22 April, 5.30- 7.30pm

Venue: Lace Market Gallery, Nottingham, NG1 1LP

All are welcome.

During the preview, a children’s corner will be available for relaxing, reading, playing and drawing.

Description of project:

Artist as Mother as Artist

22 April- 19 May

Featuring Nicola Canavan, Nicola Carter in collaboration with Seraina Dejaco, Paula Chambers, Amy Dignam, Rachel Fallon, Dinah Gold, Tracey Kershaw, Jessica Paige Greig, Sam Rose, Helen Sargeant, Eti Wade, Zoo Indigo.

Artist as Mother as Artist is a co-curated gallery exhibition by Sam Rose and Tracey Kershaw, featuring artworks across the disciplines of video, dance on film, photography, sculpture, drawing, print, and live art and performance documents. Showcasing fourteen local and national artists whose practice is based upon the inseparable relationship between being an artist and mother, all works featured have all been nourished, enabled, influenced and created as a consequence of the artist’s maternal experiences.

Additionally, there will be a series of professional development opportunities and public participatory events that will consider how parenthood can enhance creative thinking. These events will encourage debate and conversation, making the maternal a critical component of artistic discourse.

Artist as Mother as Artist aims to inspire child and parent collaboration and encourage artistic practice amongst mothers, who may feel a conflict between their artistic engagement and their day-to-day caring activities.


The gallery exhibition will be accompanied by four related, participatory events:

  • Dust To Bread Workshop:

A practical collaborative (parent and child) workshop where parents and children will bake a loaf of bread using their vacuum cleaner detritus. The loaves will be displayed as part of Artist as Mother as Artist exhibition

  • Open presentation and discussion panel for mother artists:

Exhibition artists will give short presentations about their artistic practices, followed by open discussion and sharing platform. A light lunch will be provided. A children’s corner will be available for mothers with accompanying children. Two qualified childminders will be available.

  • Child as critic workshop for family audiences with children:

A fun workshop where children will respond to Artist as Mother as Artist gallery exhibition. Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Public gallery talks and walkthroughs


Booking for events is essential – all details will be released through:


Artist as Mother as Artist project is supported by Arts Council England, ncn Lace Market Gallery, My Family Care, Lumen PR, Jazz Hairdressing and Creative Quarter Nottingham.


For further information about the project, please contact:

Sam Rose-

Tracey Kershaw-

Lace Market Gallery- 0115 8380672