For the first time since their formation in 2022, (M)other Art Collective, a group of like-minded North West-based creatives, present a family-friendly exhibition developed to ‘combat the exclusion of artist-parents’ and embrace modern family life at the Village Hall from Saturday 21st to Wednesday 25th January.
Inspired by ‘How Not to Exclude Artist Mothers (and other parents)’ by Hettie Judah, the collective aims to deconstruct barriers to parent creatives attending private exhibitions, which typically run on weekday evenings during conventional dinner, bath and bedtime hours for prime caregivers.
On Saturday 21st January from 2pm-4pm, (M)other’s first event features a family-oriented session during which attendees will discover the collective through a selection of sketchbooks, emerging ideas, artworks and previous projects that have been put to one side. Attendees are invited to explore the collective’s works, which engage the experience of parenting, others created in the gaps between it, or a place to escape from those responsibilities, to inspire creativity and connect with others in the community space.
On Monday 23rd January from 11am-12pm, a body positive art workshop led by artist Lydia O’Hara – whose piece in the exhibition ‘YOU ARE NORMAL’ inspired the workshop itself – encourates parents and children to explore how creative expression can be used to feel proud of your body, with parents invited to model body confidence to children.
The (M)other exhibition is open Sunday 22nd 11am-3pm, Monday 23rd 10am-2pm, Tuesday 10am-2pm and Wednesday 25th 12pm-2pm and is free to attend.