PRESS RELEASE: International Call Out for Parenting Artists

PRESS RELEASE
Monday 6 April 2015

On Monday 6th April 2015, Project AfterBirth launches an international open call inviting professional contemporary artists of any gender working in any visual, performing, text, film or digital art discipline to submit work they created in response to their own or their partner’s pregnancy, birth and/or early parenthood experiences. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 15th May.

By the end of June 2015, a dedicated panel of international arts professionals will announce a selection from submissions which will feature in an exhibition about the impact of early parenthood on the artist. This selection panel comprises founding artists/curators Kris Jager & Mila Oshin (Joy Experiment, Exeter, UK), Stella Levy and Julie Gavin (White Moose, Devon, UK), Martha Joy Rose (Museum of Motherhood, New York, USA), Helen Knowles (The Birth Rites Collection, Manchester, UK) and Francesca Pinto (The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK).

The panel will be looking for high quality and engaging work, reflecting a variety of personal perspectives on 21st century pregnancy, birth and early parenthood experiences by a mix of emerging and established professional contemporary artists working in traditional and new media.

The Project AfterBirth exhibition will launch at White Moose gallery in the South West of the UK on 2nd October 2015 with the aim to tour to a number of UK, European and USA art spaces in 2016-19.

Most submitted work may also contribute to an interdisciplinary research initiative led by Project AfterBirth and a team of academics from the fields of obstetrics, mental health, midwifery, media studies, social justice, and women and gender studies. This initiative will be aimed at shedding light on current Western pregnancy & birth practices, investigating their impact on early parenthood experiences, and informing their future.

A further important aim is to present submitted work on a new online platform dedicated to contemporary art, social activism and research on the subject of new parenthood.

For more information or to join the mailing list, please visit: http://www.projectafterbirth.com

For all ENQUIRIES please email projectafterbirth@lionartprojects.co.uk

Project AfterBirth‘s 2015 programme is delivered with generous support from:

mom_logo_sm1 5cm 72    Birth Rites logo 6.5

Joy Experiment logo cr sm 72 7cm    WM Logo square NEW sm 72 45mm

Project AfterBirth logo image credit: Hilary Paynter, ‘Another Life’, 1977, reproduced with kind permission from the artist for illustrative purposes.

 

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