Oct. 10, 2020 - Oct. 31, 2020
Pavilion GalleryGET TICKETS
A group show featuring twenty short-listed artists of the Mother Art Prize 2020, the only international prize for self-identifying women and non-binary visual artists with caring responsibilities.
Procreate Project presents a group exhibition featuring 19 short-listed artists of the Mother Art Prize 2020, the only international prize for self-identifying women and non-binary visual artists with caring responsibilities.
This platform aims to promote and support women artists who are mothers, as well as drive the attention of the wider public to a broad-spectrum of themes that would otherwise be overlooked and devalued, embracing the risk necessary to achieve a sea change in the perception and normalization of women’s artistic output as part of the cultural landscape.
Established and curated by Procreate Project, this prize’s edition puts together the most exciting leaders and organisations working to tackle the gender bias and intersectional issues in the art scene.
Featuring artists that work across a range of media, the works were selected among 626 entries from 45 countries and judged by Niamh Coghlan (Director, Richard Saltoun Gallery), Pauline Desouza (Director, Diversity Art Forum), Elvira Dyangani Tse (Director, The Showroom), Eva Langret (Artistic Director, Frieze London), Claire Mander (Chair of Steering Committee UK Friends, National Museum of Women in the Arts and Director, the CoLAB) and Frances Morris (Director, Tate Modern).
The winner of this year’s edition, announced in May 2020, is Helen Benigson. She will have an upcoming solo show in partnership with The Showroom as part of her award. Helen is followed by Violet Costello, recipient of the Online Award, with an online Solo Exhibition with Richard Saltoun Gallery, and Eileen Reynold recipient of the International Award with an upcoming residency with Procreate Project and art material sponsored by Colart.
Their works raise questions around the representation and construction of the body, religious identities, sexualities and gender, as well as reproductive technologies.
“Procreate Project is a vitally important space that supports and champions artists who are carers, (m)others or parents. Procreate Project understands the elastic fragility of what it means to make and show artwork, at the same time as having competing caring responsibilities. At this very surreal and anxious time that we are all living through, spaces like this are extremely rare and extra special, so I am very grateful to Procreate Project and the Mother Art Prize for existing and supporting our work.” - Helen Benigson, Mother Art Prize 2020 Winner
The exhibition is co-curated by Paola Lucente (director, Procreate Project) and Claire Mander (Chair of Steering Committee UK Friends, National Museum of Women in the Arts and Director, the CoLAB).
Pictured from left to right:
Violet Costello , Touch Him ('Bringing Home Baby' series), 2018
Helen Benigson, Jude (still image), 2020
Eileen Reynolds, Biotechnological Madonna and Child, 2011/12
The Mother Art Prize is a wonderful idea for recognising the achievements of artist-mothers. Putting those achievements together as an exhibition encourages a sense of community and support, giving space to consider the balance between the demands of parenting and artistic ambitions.
About the Hosts
Procreate Project was founded in 2013 and has grown to become a pioneering arts organisation for its ethos in innovation and sociocultural impact.
The main aim is to support the development of contemporary artists who are also mothers, working across multiple disciplines.
In a climate where only 30% of artists represented by commercial galleries are women and as little as 3–5% of the artworks in major permanent collections in the U.S. and Europe are made by women artists, Procreate Project is an art organisation striving towards equal representation for [self-identifying] women working in the arts and creative industries.
Their new approaches and platforms also aim to drive the attention of the wider public to a broad-spectrum of themes that would otherwise be overlooked and devalued. They reach UK and international audiences, supporting traditionally side-lined themes like motherhood and childbirth.
The Procreate Project umbrella includes events and exhibitions, commissions and productions of artistic works, Mother Art Prize, online platforms for the sale of original artworks and prints, online publications, and very importantly the Mother House studios – a unique model of artists’ studios with integrated childcare, where children are welcome in the workspace.