The Mother House, UK’s first flexible artist studio with integrated childcare, where children are invited into the workspace

The model aims to help mothers who are artists, creatives, freelancers and entrepreneurs, providing an inspiring space to allow them to continue working whilst nurturing engaged parenting.

Motherhouse creates two interconnected spaces:

  • Studio space for professional arts practice in the form of an open art studio. The space is organised in assigned sections that fit the needs of artists working in different mediums and forms.
  • In-houses activities organised specifically for children, guided and supervised by a dedicated team.

The Mother House Model is currently hosted at the IKLECTIK ART LAB every Tuesday and Thursday. OPEN DAY 25TH OF APRIL – 11am to 5pm 


MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP £150 (Including Childcare for 1 child)

DAILY DROP IN £20 (Including Childcare for 1 child) 

10 Min Walking from Waterloo station, 5 min from Lambeth North Tube station. Old Paradise Yard

* For any enquiry regarding the Mother House or to arrange a visit please contact

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From the artists:

” We need a Mother House everywhere around the country” 

” Coming today made a huge difference for me, I am already thinking about what I am going to do without it”

” I looked at my studio journal today after three years, I would have never done it at home. Having a dedicated space made me feel evaluated.” 

“Mother House recognises the role space plays in creative work and exchange alongside the complexity of mother artists’ needs. Mother House inspires a wider understanding of artists engaged with their practices as mothers which is especially vital in a cultural epicentre like London where support is recognised as indispensable to artistic production” – Althea Greenan (WAL – Goldsmiths University)*

“Mother House is something that has been screaming to be born ever since the Womenhouse at the CalArts in the ´72!” – Deirdre Donoghue

Our Partner and Supporters 

The Mother House,started the 5th of September 2016 at the IKLECTIK Art Lab.The model provides the freedom to work independently or alongside your children and it encouraged opportunities to work in collaboration with other artists creating a supportive and inspiring network.
The Mother House idea is born in response to the urge of “making” within the life-changing experience of motherhood, offering a collaborative yet intimate space to curate your practice whilst ensuring your journey into motherhood is fed in a creative and inclusive way.

Motherhouse’s approach was built on observations regarding childcare provision:

  1. Childcare remains under-funded and scarce
  2. Childcare models are invariably based on separating child from mother; mother from care and child from the workplace
  3. Childcare is costly and not suited to families and women with flexible work and/or low incomes

A short term project, piloted in September 2016, has demonstrated how a dedicated space provides crucial support for mother artists’ professional development. We currently working on establishing the model on a long-term in UK and internationally.

If you would like to open a Mother House in your London area or your city please send us an email at