Mothers Who Make
Tue 14 May - Tue 16 July 2019
Mothers who Make is a grass roots, national initiative, dedicated to supporting women who hold roles of both mother and artist, who care about both and do not want to compromise on either.
With hub coordinator Claire Bigley, MWM Liverpool is launching here at Unity Theatre, starting on Tuesday 13th November, 10.30am – 12.30pm. The session is open to all MWM - painters, writers, actors, dancers, producers, film-makers - every kind of maker, is welcomed, and every kind of mother. Those of you with babies and preschool children can bring them with you!
We want our MWM hub to develop with you and provide a supportive, creative space in a number of ways; to connect, share, network and participate. We want it to be grown with and by you.
For more information please contact louiseflooks(at)unitytheatre.co.uk / claire(at)tmesistheatre.com
A note about pre-booking. The listing is set up for booking with a range of donation amounts starting from £2, however we don’t want money to be a reason for someone not to come.
If the donation amount is preventing you from attending, please get in touch with louiseflooks(at)unitytheatre.co.uk and your query will be kept confidential.
‘Every session leaves me feeling encouraged and supported and galvanized to dig deeper and keep making in anyway I can.’-- Felicity Goodman, Participant
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
‘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
show detailsDates: Ongoing
Times: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Running time: 2hrs
Prices: Pay What You Decide
Charges: £1.50 postage
Limited Capacity - BOOK EARLY!
Venue: Unity Bar
Tue 14 May (10:30am - 12:30pm)
Wed 12 June (10:30am - 12:30pm)
Tue 16 July (10:30am - 12:30pm) As part of Physical Fest - free - please see separate listing on the what's on page.