Being human festival

Saturday 17 November, 10.30—17.30

Join us for a day of workshops exploring and celebrating motherhood and creativity.


10.30 -12.30 Little Artists London zine-making workshop
12.30 -13.30 Mary Martins
13.30-15.30 Little Artists London zine-making workshop
16.00-17.00 Carolyn Jess Cook

What does it mean to be a mother working in the creative arts today? This event brings together artists and organisations who are exploring the role of motherhood in contemporary society. It speaks to the germination of ideas, and will look at how motherhood informs artists’ and writers’ work without shrinking away from the bigger issues associated with women and work. With children’s zine-making workshops led by Little Artists London, talks by poet and editor of the Writing Motherhood anthology Dr Carolyn Jess-Cooke and Motherhouse Studios artist-in-residence Mary Martins and charity stalls.

Dr Carolyn Jess-Cook
Carolyn is a poet, novelist, editor, and a Lecturer in Creative Writing based at the University of Glasgow. Her 2014 poetry collection BOOM! explores her experience of motherhood and was awarded a K Blundell award from the Society of Authors and a Northern Writers award. Carolyn’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New Statesman, the Poetry Review, and Mslexia, and she has performed at literary festivals all over the world. She currently runs the Arts Council-funded Writing Motherhood project and has edited Writing Motherhood: a Creative Anthology, an exploration of the challenges of motherhood featuring contributions from Carol Ann Duffy, Alice Oswald, Hollie McNish, and Sharon Olds.

Mary Martins
Mary is a London-based documentary animator, experimental filmmaker, and abstract expressionist. Mary’s animated documentary The Divide was awarded the 2017 Mother Art Prize and she recently completed a residency at the Mother House studio in Dagenham, where she worked on her current project Childhood Memories, a short animated film exploring heritage, culture, and memory.

Guest speakers including visual artist Mary Martin (winner of the 2017 Mother art prize) consider how artists, academics and activists can creatively balance the challenges of motherhood and the place of the mother in contemporary culture.

Part of the Being Human Festival