October 1 ~ Barbara Philipp (DAI, 2009) participates in the panel discussion 'Mother-Artists - Did we become our own audience?', part of the Mother House program organized by The Procreate Project at the IKLECTIK Art Lab, London

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Image: detail out of the project Matroshkas, Barbara Philipp (2015)


Saturday, October 1, 2016

12:30 – 16:30 hrs

Over 30 London based artists and their children came for an exploratory month into the intersection between the roles of mother and artist, observing the importance of their impact on private lives and  within society.

The Mother House,started the 5th of September 2016 at the IKLECTIK Art Lab, and provided a familiar context to share and reveal both the challenges and privileges of being a mother. The model provided the freedom to work independently or alongside your children and it encouraged opportunities to work in collaboration with other artists creating a supportive and inspiring network.

We would like to take a journey into this process of formation of the maternal segment and its audience, listening and looking at the work and choices of artists and curators who will be accompanying us for an open conversation.

- The concept of `the feminine has generally been employed to denigrate the work of women artists. We wonder how the maternal subject in the arts became representation of the challenged term of feminine and how, exploring the modernism discourses and the association with masculinity, maternal art became a critical practice to be segregated in a restricted segment of underrepresented and unwanted art.

The coined term Mother-artist mirrors the alienation of a niche of women artist gathered together by gender, motherhood, need to belonging to a group towards the reconnection with their practise from a new yet unrecognised prospective. Shaping the female ambitions, women artists decided to be associated to this community or be completely disconnected by it, thus embracing the theory and commonsense for which Maternal art is banally stereotyped. 

Today this group became a large corporation increasingly values the more holistic and flexible, collaborative and consultative modes associated with maternal and feminine values, with a more caring and sharing outlook, therefore providing the renaissance and empowerment of womanhood, domestic practices and mothering.


Confirmed Panellists:

- Deirdre M. Donoghue - PHD researcher Ultrecht University - Founding Director of M/other Voices Foundation

- Barbara Philipp - visual and performance artist

- Rose Gibbs - Artist, Feminist activist 

- Terri Hawkes - Writer, Director, Producer, (Demeter Press, Canada)

- Susan Kelly - Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Course Leader BA Fine Art and History of Art at Goldsmiths University

- Katy Deepwell - Professor of Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism, Middlesex University

* More TBC soon. 


* If you would like to express your opinion on this subject please send us an email at info@procreateproject.com. Some of the papers will be read during the panel. 

We very much look forward to hearing from you! 

More information about the Mother House: http://www.procreateproject.com/portfolio/the-mother-artists-house/


Barbara Philipp



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