Mothers Who Make: Physical Fest Special

Mothers Who Make: Physical Fest Special

Wed 12 June 2019

Physical Fest 2019 | Workshop

Mothers who Make is a growing national initiative aimed at supporting mothers who are artists - professional and/or passionate. Every kind of maker is welcomed, and every kind of mother.

Tmesis Theatre, the Liverpool Hub coordinators are pleased to welcome one of the MWM artists, Gemma Kerr, to lead a workshop at Unity Theatre 12 June 10.30-12.30pm.

The workshop is part of Physical Fest, which has a packed programme with a focus on female for 2019! Gemma will be sharing her Unstoppered project, encouraging individual responses and sharing with each other in whatever medium we choose…written or drawn, painted or discussed.

Booking is essential and children are welcome!

‘Every session leaves me feeling encouraged and supported and galvanized to dig deeper and keep making in anyway I can.’-- Felicity Goodman, Participant


About Mothers Who Make

Every month, across the UK, a brilliant group of artists who are mothers, come together for a few hours in a local arts-related venue, in a space created for them to talk, connect, collaborate and reflect on their dual roles of mother and maker.

You are invited to join this quiet revolution. Find other mother makers in your local area, discover what they are doing, share ideas and dreams, reflect on the challenges and joys involved in your mothering and making, support each other to be visible and remember what inspires you. Children are always welcome, whether they are inside you, beside you or running round the room. Mothers of older children and grandmothers are also always welcome.

MWM was born in London in 2014 with theatre maker and Improbable Associate Director, Matilda Leyser. The initiative grew from Matilda’s sense of there being experiences and challenges specific to being both a mother and an artist. She noticed many parallels between the two roles: both are concerned with creativity and play, both require stamina, patience, sensitivity, both keep her up at night. At the same time she was struck by the strength of the cultural assumption that the two were incompatible, that she must compromise on either her creative work or on her mothering. She wanted to challenge this. She put out an invitation to mother-artists, across art forms, to join a peer support group to which they could also bring their children of any age. The response has been extraordinary.

Mothers Who Make has rapidly spread across the country. There are currently regular peer-support groups meeting at 13 major arts-related venues in different regions across the UK, with 17 other groups in the process of starting over the next year. There is also growing interest internationally.

Find out more about Mothers Who Make


‘Every session leaves me feeling encouraged and supported and galvanized to dig deeper and keep making in anyway I can.’-- Felicity Goodman, Participant

‘Mothers who make Groups…allow us to question the pictures we are given of perfect mothers or of selfish artists in their studios.’-- Lucy Tomlinson, Participant

‘The Mothers who Make sessions have been truly inspiring…hearing about other people’s practices and ambitions and coping strategies…’-- Valerie O’Riordan, Participant


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show details

Dates: Wed 12 Jun
Times: 10:30am  - 12:30pm
Running time: 2hrs
Prices: FREE - Booking Required
Charges: £1.50 postage
Limited Capacity - BOOK EARLY!

Venue: Unity Bar