Atelier Textile and Craft Club
Sunday, April 23, 2017
10:00 AM
19a Lower Street, Stroud GL5 2HT
South West England
The Women's Art Activation System at Atelier Textile Club



at ATELIER, STROUD – Sunday 23 April 2017 (10am-5pm)

Part of the SVA Site Festival 2017 (theme ‘Radio/Sound’) . Available on Resound Radio live broadcast plus recorded podcasts for future listening.

Tickets, £12 (Contact us for bursaries) – Get Tickets here


Sharon Louden in an interview with Hyperallergic said ‘it takes a village for an artist to really sustain their creative practice’. This resonates with the perhaps more widely recognised notion that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.

At this symposium we will present, explore and discuss a range of models for sustaining mother-artists and explore how ‘the village’ can facilitate the role of the woman who seeks to sustain both an art career and children.

We hope that non-mothers, and non-artists, will benefit from exploring these models as well as artist-mothers, and we will draw on models from education, culture, and experimental arts practices.

A crèche will be available in the neighbouring building (donations appreciated) for those with children.

9.00am Doors are open for coffee, teas

10:00 Introduction by the WAAS

10:15 Emily Joy: Disclaimer

10:25 Session 1. The Mother House

Amy Dignam and Dyana Gravina, ProCreate Project

“If we do celebrate the work of women artists then we are creating a new language and we are getting people closer to this subject..we can reduce issues in society like birth traumas and post natal depression, the shame around breastfeeding in public”

(from a clip of Dyana speaking about how she came to form ProCreate )

11.30pm Session 2. Lenka Clayton’s Artist Residency in Motherhood (ARIM)

– Sharon Bennett, Sarah Dixon

12.30pm Session 3. Models from education

Steiner, Emilio Reggio, Montessori, and others: what we can learn from education systems about adults and children working together

1.30pm LUNCH – there are places to get lunch nearby or you can use our kitchenette to prepare sandwiches etc.

2.30pm Session 4. Who Is The Village?

Fathers, Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles, Friends, Childcare Professionals and Everyone Else? What are the challenges of being around mothers and children? What works and what can we learn from each other? How can supporting and nurturing mother-artists benefit society as a whole?

3.30pm Session 5. Views from the Art World

How is the work of artist-mothers represented in galleries, art fairs, on the market, what barriers are there, what could The Art World be doing and how could it change to allow artist-mothers fair representation?

4.30pm Closing Event ‘Mother’s Day’ (1948)

– experimental silent film by James Broughton (20 minutes) with live music performance by Uta Baldauf.

Children are welcome to this closing event.

5.00pm Close.

The event will be recorded and broadcast live to Resound Radio.