As part of our commission with the Serpentine Galleries, Andrea Francke and I presented an artist’s talk at the gallery on 24 October 2015 which discussed the project, a partnership with the Portman’s Centre for Early Years Education, and the interrogation of early years education for a collaborative, research-based art practice.
Critic Jennifer Thatcher writes a feature about mothers in the UK art world in the July August 2015 issue of Art Monthly, and focuses on my projects Crib Notes and the campaign for childcare re-instatement at the RCA.
(“Mother and Child Divided,” Jennifer Thatcher, Art Monthly, 388, July-Aug 2015, pp. 11-14)
On June 1 and 2, 2015 Andrea Francke and I participated in the conference Motherhood and Creative Practice at London Southbank University. Keynotes included Faith Wilding, Griselda Pollock, and Mary Kelly. A revised version of our paper “Politicising Motherhood: Creative Practice, Activism, and the Mother” will be published in an upcoming special issue of the international, peer reviewed journal, MaMSIE: Studies in the Maternal in Spring 2016.
(Image: still from Come Worry With Us! (2015, Helene Klodawsky)
As part of the Serpentine’s commission of myself and Andrea Francke for their Changing Play series, we gave an artist talk on Saturday 24 October 2015. Our Artist Talk highlighted our research into parenthood, childcare and Early Years Education through our collaborative open-research platform, Invisible Spaces of Parenthood. You can watch it here.
In 1968 Jane Furst and Carolyn Lawson, two art students with children at the Royal College of Art, founded a creche in the Judo room. It grew into a full nursery, with trained staff, and was noted in the prospectus, until it was closed in 1982 during building redevelopments. Now, there is no creche, no childcare provision, and children are banned from all spaces of the college except the cafe and the public galleries, except during installation. I’ve been campaigning to re-establish childcare in the College and to change the ban on kids.
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