Groundwerk 3.6 // Balancing Art-Making and Childcare
SAT 6 OCTOBER 12.30-2.30pm
FREE & OPEN TO ALL AT TURF, WHITGIFT CENTRE, CR01UQ
Becoming a parent is the beginning of a new life in more ways than one – both for the child and for the parent. Parenting can bring significant changes to one’s life and career and it has been well documented that women in particular can find it challenging, if not impossible, to continue their artistic development after their baby has arrived. Dyana Gravina, founder of the Procreate Project, together with artist and mother Naja Hendriksen, will deliver a workshop exploring skills and methods for maintaining an art practice while caring for small children.
This workshop will be both discursive and hands-on. It will be two hours long, and will include a break. The session is aimed at parents, but we also welcome anyone interesting in joining in. Children of attendees are also very welcome to join!
Groundwerk is a monthly series of free practical workshops for artists and creatives wishing to gain the skills to support their practice. This session is programmed as part of Art Licks Weekend.
This workshop is free to attend and open to all but booking is recommended, as spaces are limited.
// ABOUT DYANA GRAVINA
Dyana Gravina is an artist, facilitator, activist and art producer based in London. She is a women-artists-mothers’ rights advocate, and is the founder and creative director of the Procreate Project. She has worked for over ten years in the entertainment industry, events and the contemporary arts. Independently working for other organisations and agencies, she has led international productions and established collaborations with brands and institutions including the Venice Biennale, IPM International Music Conference, The Devine Comedy musical theatre, Goldsmiths University of London, Royal College of Art, LADA, and Create London.
// ABOUT NAJA HENDRIKSEN
Naja Hendriksen creates objects primarily using industrial or construction materials that become part of larger installations. Lately Hendriksen has made performances to form part of her installations, in which artists work with and investigate the objects further. Hendriksen received her Master’s Degree from Royal College of Art in 2018, whilst being a fulltime mother of two, and running an artist-led exhibition space called Space Twentysix.
// ABOUT PROCREATE PROJECT
Procreate Project is a pioneering arts organisation supporting the development of contemporary artists who are mothers working across art forms. Working towards equal representation and opportunities for women and mothers, today Procreate Project offers online and offline platforms and opportunities for the display, screening and staging of works, as well as connections with peers and organisations that can support artist mothers at different stages of their development. For more information please visit: www.procreateproject.com
Rajaa Paixao, visual artist @ the Mother House studios. Courtesy of Procreate Project
Rosalie Darien Jones, Visual artist and Illustrator @ Mother House Studio. Photo by Simon Pizzey