Artist and co-founder of The Mothership Project, Seoidin O'Sullivan will present and talk about the network focusing on their recent Satellite residency and publication. This will be followed by Dublin based artist Fiona Reilly performing a piece from her Department of Timekeepers Project.
The Mothership Project is a network of parenting artists in Ireland. The Mothership Project aims to support parenting artists in the development of their practice and to encourage arts organisations to make the art world a more inclusive place for artists with children. The Mothership Project wants to see societal and institutional change for parents in the art world. Being a parent can be challenging at the best of times, but with precarious circumstances and incomes, and uncertain futures parenting artists can be doubly challenged within a society that is lacking many supports for those with children.
Since 2018, The Mothership Project have undertaken research into the lives of parenting artists. A survey was carried out with over 140 respondents from across the country and highlighted the difficulty of maintaining an art career as a parent in Ireland. A new publication with the findings of the survey and residency, with recommendations for arts organisation to better support and be inclusive of artist with children, was launched on the 16th of May.
Babes in arms and children welcome
You can find The Mothership Project’s findings from their initial research here.