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PROJECT AFTERBIRTH – International Open Call for Artist Parents

Beginning Monday 6th April 2015, Project AfterBirth launches an international open call inviting professional contemporary artists of any gender working in any visual, performing, text, film or digital art discipline to submit work they created in response to their own or their partner’s pregnancy, birth and/or early parenthood experiences. Submission deadline is Friday 15th May.

Project_AfterbirthBy the end of June 2015, a dedicated panel of international arts professionals will announce a selection from submissions which will feature in an exhibition about the impact of early parenthood on the artist. This exhibition will launch at White Moose gallery in the South West

of the UK on 2nd October 2015 with the aim to tour to a number of UK, European and USA art spaces in 2016-18.

The Project AfterBirth selection panel comprises founding artists/curators Kris Jager & Mila Oshin (Joy Experiment, Exeter, UK), Stella Levy and Julie Gavin (White Moose, Devon, UK), Martha Joy Rose (Museum of Motherhood, New York, USA), Helen Knowles (The Birth Rites Collection, Manchester, UK) and Francesca Pinto (The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK).

The panel will be looking for high quality and engaging work, reflecting a variety of personal perspectives on 21st century pregnancy, birth and early parenthood experiences by a mix of emerging and established professional contemporary artists working in traditional and new media.

Submitted work may also contribute to an interdisciplinary research initiative led by Project AfterBirth and a team of academics from the fields of obstetrics, mental health, midwifery, media studies, social justice, and women and gender studies, which aims to shed light on current Western pregnancy & birth practices, to investigate their impact on early parenthood experiences, and to inform their future. A further objective is to present submitted work on a new online archive dedicated to contemporary art, social activism and research on the subject of new parenthood.

For more information or to join the mailing list, visit: http://www.projectafterbirth.com.

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For all PRESS ENQUIRIES please email projectafterbirth@lionartprojects.co.uk.


Who’s Your Mutha?


Museum Of Motherhood

Celebrating The Multicultural Family

 WHAT: Who’s Your Mutha? Group Art Exhibition and Gala Auction at the first ever, International Museum Of Motherhood in NYC

WHEN: May 1st, Open to the public 2-5PM. Champagne auction 7-9:30PM, by special invitation. RSVP required.

WHERE: 401 East 84th St. (@1st Ave), lower level, New York, New York

INFO: Available Online: http://www.MOMmuseum.org

WHO: The Museum Of Motherhood (M.O.M.) is a living, breathing, community-centered history, culture and social change museum focused on amplifying the voices and experiences of mothers and families.

WHY: The Museum’s mission is to engage the public in discourse on the subject of mothering, motherhood and images of women’s changing bodies, minds and lives.

FEATURING: Music for the evening event by Stacy Robin, book signing by Ali Smith, Momma Love. View and bid on beautiful and provocative works of art related to motherhood by artists: Ali Smith, 
Bernice Gordon, 
Capucine Bourcart, 
Catarina Bertolotto, 
Daryl LaVare, 
Dylan Bocanegra
, Ella Dreyfus, 
Flavia Testa
, Helen Hiebert
, Helen Knowles, 
Isabel Bannerman, 
Isabel Czerwenka-Wenkstetter, 
Janet Russaek
, Jennifer Groeber
, Jo Jayson, 
Leah Piepgras
, Nancy Jackson, 
Noa Shay, 
Norm Gardner
, Rebecca Weiss, 
Ronni Komarow
, Scott Rosen, 
Signe Yberg, 
Skye White
 and Sofia Vassi.

SPONSORS: Local GYMBOREE Franchise owners Debra Whitefield and Barry Hanson, Realityworks” infant simulators & pregnancy vests, Working Mother Magazine, Cabot Cheese, Mad Housewife Wine and Mamapalooza.

M.O.M. is the first and only facility of this kind pioneering new areas of academe in mother studies. The museum highlights gifted mom artists, offers on-going programming for children and adults, and a creative host of conferences, music, theater performances and events. Museum-goers can access pregnancy simulator vests, open play space for babies & toddlers, parenting groups and more, during regular hours.

REGULAR HOURS ARE: Mon-Fri 10-6PM, Saturday Private Rentals, Sun is Family Day 12-5PM