Hettie Judah leads
A Day with Artist Mothers (and other parents)
Thursday, February 9, 2023, 10 am – 5 pm
What impact does becoming a parent have on an artist? Does it change the work she makes, the medium she uses, the way she is received by the art world? How might the art world be better structured to include artist parents? In this day-long event, the writer Hettie Judah will share some of her research on art and parenthood, and discuss changes required to make the artworld more inclusive. She will go over topics covered in her recent book – How Not to Exclude Artist Mothers (and other parents) – looking at the experiences of mothers in art schools, studios, residencies, commercial galleries and public institutions. Participants will be invited to share some of their own work, and discuss their own experiences in the art world, before working together to propose changes that could have a positive impact within their own sector.
This event is open to all – artists, those working in the arts, mothers and others.
Timetable for the day
10.00 Gathering and introduction
10.30 Presentation by Hettie Judah
12.00 Q&A with Hettie Judah
13.30 Participants are invited to give a 5 minute presentation on their work (voluntary)
14.45 Introduction to the afternoon activity
15.00 Participants divide into groups
16.00 Participatory discussion
17.00 Ends. Participants are invited to stay on for a drink
For better planning we kindly ask you to sign up via email until February 8, 2023 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The event will be held in English and is baby-friendly. If you cannot attend because you cannot organize care for your (older) children, please write an e-mail to email@example.com so we can find a solution (until February 2).
Hettie Judah is a British art critic, broadcaster and writer who has worked for many years on the topic of art and motherhood. Following publication of her 2020 study on the impact of motherhood on artists’ careers, in 2021 she worked with a group of artists to draw up the manifesto How Not To Exclude Artist Parents, now available in 15 languages. In 2022, together with Jo Harrison, Hettie co-founded the Art Working Parents Alliance - a supportive network and campaigning group for curators, academics, gallerists, technicians, educators and others working in the arts. Her recent books include How Not To Exclude Artist Mothers (and other parents) (Lund Humphries, September 2022) and Lapidarium (John Murray, London, October 2022/ Penguin, NY, March 2023). She is currently working on an exhibition and book on art and motherhood, among other things.
This event is held in cooperation with Brand-New-Life. The magazine has a long-standing engagement with the relationship of parenthood, care, love, work and with non-biological ways of doing family. brand-new-life.org
This initiative is kindly supported by Pro Helvetia