ProCreate Project is a social enterprise encouraging and promoting the works of female artists who are mothers. The organisation is providing practical support for artists, enabling them to continue producing work during pregnancy and motherhood through a range of initiatives and artistic productions.

We currently feature and collaborate with over 100 international artists. Today there are five on-going productions and established collaborations with organisations and universities.

Through collaborating with other mothers we confirmed a shared experience of the link between motherhood and the creative urges at many different stages of motherhood, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and later.

The main focus of the project is to empower women from around the world during this life transforming experience, making the art of motherhood manifest and create more spaces for women in the contemporary art world.

Focus


  • Hold events that challenge the stereotypes of pregnancy and maternal art and make significant social and cultural changes.
  • Empower women from around the world during this life transforming process by displaying an unrestricted number of art works, creating a site-specific installation that showcases all of the contributing artists, making the art of motherhood manifest. (see the archive)
  • Raise awareness of the positive impact becoming a mother can bring for the mothers and their collaborators: Mothers can be the bravest, most determined, creative and passionate people to work with.
  • Create more spaces for women in the contemporary art world and facilitate the realization of new mothers-artists works.
  • Provide a source of information on subjects including art and maternity, from an artistic, academic and neurobiological standpoint.

Mission


  • Build a platform that can provide practical help and financial support for artists and help artists build and combine their existence as mothers with their practice.
  • Connect artists with the forefront of creative business, creating networks and links with relevant movements, scenes and diverse niche groups.
  • Support, showcase and promote artists’ projects through on and off line events, activities and campaigns.
  • Develop communities that encourage open discussions between mothers and audience.
  • Provide a studio space, facilities and flexible childcare to enable creative development.

Thoughts from the founder


Mothers should be supported. There is a profound need in society of understanding what motherhood means, the invisible unpaid labour of caring for a child and raise him or her into an adult in this society should be evaluated and recognised and not ignored.
Furthermore, women should be able to talk loudly about each aspect of their life as mothers. They should not feel inhibited during sex, pregnancy, not during birth and not after

You cannot be inhibited when creating art as you cannot feel inhibited when creating life.
The art of motherhood should be normalised, felt, extemporaneous, and not judged as boring, or not “sexy” enough to reach the  big audience.

To me art is about expression, intense feelings, experiences, chaos, madness,profundity, richness, blood, love. I would use the same words to describe motherhood. If not oppressed by patriarchal schemes radicated in people’s brain, a woman should be able to find full empowerment during this time as a human and as an artist.
Starting from this awareness then we can try to create more infrastructures that facilitate a woman in pursuing her career while nurturing her practice as a mother.

– Dyana Gravina 

Future


  • Tour internationally displaying artist’s work via exhibits, festivals and conferences.
  • Investing financially in artists’ work via fundraising and commercial productions’ profits, such as ticket sales and space rental.
  • Build partnership with online art-shops and make the artworks featured on the PCP website available for sale.
  • Build solid collaborations with street art galleries and curators to annually develop initiatives and exhibitions in partnership while creating opportunities and visibility for the artists members.
  • Establish a new model of art studio Art Studio | Rehearsal Space | Gallery | with Flexible Childcare – see THE MOTHER HOUSE

WHO WE ARE

Dyana Gravina – Founder and director

Amy Dignam – Mother House Pilot co-founder

Dagmara Bilon – Mother House, Project development

Susan Merrick – External relations

Bernardete Andrade – Volunteer

OUR AMBASSADOR 

Antonella Gambotto-Burke is a critic, journalist and novelist http://antonellagambottoburke.com
Nora Weller – Executive Director at Cambridge Academy of Global Affairs – a pioneer in promoting peace, reconciliation and cultural exchange through advancement of women’s rights and art and cultural heritage protection

Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, Artist, Midwife, Feminist academic & activist. Founder of Home Live Art

ART GALLERIES PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS