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An exhibition of photography, film and performance on the theme of mothering. Motherhood is synonymous with domesticity in our culture, whatever our actual arrangements are. Sometimes we all long to escape.
As artists, we have taken contrasting approaches to this theme, but the impulse to do so comes from the same place. Whether it’s making a claim to take mothering beyond the domestic sphere or revealing the dark underbelly of what goes on within it, we share a desire to explore these spaces, and perhaps push back at the assumptions that frame them. Over the last few months both of us have explored these themes with other people who mother. This is a chance to see the results of these explorations, and for broader discussions of the terrain between them.
Lizzie Philps. GPS Embroidery: A Global Positioning System.
GPS was an invention of the military. So was the confinement of the mother to the home. A GPS signal mirrors the to and fro of the embroidery needle, but rather than a quiet hobby to pick up and put down in between the chores, this is writing large on the land, extending the possibilities of who-writes-what-where in and about the British landscape. Partners include Knowle West Media Centre, LADA, SGS College and Gloucestershire Art of Libraries.
Liz Hart. Mummy Monster.
Mummy Monster is a theatre show that is performed in the kitchens of private homes and community venues. Inspired by the confines of her own kitchen at night, Mummy Monster is about isolation and adoration and is one woman’s journey from a seeming state of balance into a monstrous state where she is no longer fully in control. It is an exploration of the times when you ‘lose it’. This project is co-produced by Lady Strong’s Bonfire and was supported by Bannerman Road and Knowle West Children’s Centres, and Shanti Sherson, Arts Development Officer at The Wellspring Centre in Barton Hill.
Both projects are funded by the Arts Council of England.
Friday October 27th 7.30pm: Opening night.
Saturday 28th October 2 pm: A talk with the artists about the themes of the projects in the gallery. Refreshments provided.
Sunday 29th October 10 am: Walk and talk, led by the artists. To sign up please contact firstname.lastname@example.org