Mother Art Prize 2018 - Private View and events

Events:

  • Friday 3rd of May: Private View 3PM-5PM / 6PM-9PM [the gallery will be open from 3 PM to facilitate the participation and attendance of families with small children]
  • Saturday 11th of May 5 pm screening and Q&A with the artistMuttererde, Colour, Sound, 52minues, 2018. A film by Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor,  in collaboration with filmmaker Astrid Gleichmann. Featuring the stories of Camalo Gaskin, Tobi Ayedadjou, Niv Acosta, Natalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro and Fannie Sosa, Music by Marshall Vincent, B Camera Operator: Ashton C Green, Animator: Mario Campos Castellano.
  • Thursday 16 May 6 PM: Artist’s talk with prize winner Candida Powell Williams  

Procreate Project is proud to present a group exhibition featuring twenty short-listed artists of the Mother Art Prize 2018, the only international prize for self-identifying women and non-binary visual artists with caring responsibilities. The exhibition at Mimosa House, London will be curated by independent curator Marcelle Joseph, Zabludowicz Collection director Elizabeth Neilson, and Whitechapel Gallery curator Laura Smith.  

Featuring artists that work across a range of media, the works were selected among 290 entries judged by Beth Colocci, Trustee of the UK Friends of the National Museum for Women in the Arts; Sylvie Gormezano, Director of Picture This Productions and Chair of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD); Marcelle Joseph, Director and Curator of Marcelle Joseph Projects; Sigrid Kirk, Co-founder of ARTimbarc and AWITA (Association of Women in the Arts); Elizabeth Neilson, Director of the Zabludowicz Collection; and Laura Smith, Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery.

“These twenty artists who are also mothers prove that nothing is taboo, and a mother’s lived experience is as worthy a subject like any other for representation in the art world.” Marcelle Joseph

The Mother Art Prize was established by Procreate Project with the collaboration of Create London and the White House Dagenham. Its aim is 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.
 The winning artist is awarded a cash prize, mentoring and a one-month residency at the White House Dagenham.  

The winner of the Mother Art Prize 2018, announced in December 2018, is British multi-disciplinary artist Candida Powell-Williams. Powell-Williams creates a complex web of references as she brings together history and symbolism in her work, disorientating the viewer with the familiar and the unfamiliar.

“Being both an artist and a parent is physically and emotionally demanding, lonely, financially crippling and most of the networking opportunities happen at bath time which is one of the most important times of day for parents regardless of access to childcare. 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.” – Candida Powell-Williams

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication, with an introduction by the exhibition curators.

Where:

Mimosa House

12 Princes Street

London W1B 2LL

Opening Hours:

PV Friday 3-9 pm

Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 6 pm

Sundays by appointment only

Participating Artists:

Laura Buckley

Tereza Buskova

Leah Carless

Hannah Cooke

Gaia Fugazza

Casey Jenkins

Wednesday Kim

Wanja Kimani

Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor

Natalie Lennard

Elin Mack

Stiliyana Minkovska

Vanessa Mitter

Bara Palcik

Anna Perach

Candida Powell-Williams

Clare Price

Michele Selway

Lucy Tomlins

Kate Walters


Mother Art Prize 2018 - Winner and art show shortlisted artists

We are thrilled to announce that Candida Powell-Williams is the winner of the Mother Art Prize 2018

Congratulations to the 20 artists who have been shortlisted. The show will be hosted at Mimosa House, 2-18 May 2019. Save the Date! 

Laura Buckley
Tereza Buskova
Leah Carless
Hannah Cooke
Gaia Fugazza
Casey Jenkins
Wednesday Kim
Wanja Kimani
Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor
Natalie Lennard
Elin Mack
Stiliyana Minkovska
Vanessa Mitter
Bara Palcik
Anna Perach
Candida Powell-Williams
Clare Price
Michele Selway
Lucy Tomlins
Kate Walters

More about the Winner

Candida Powell-Williams graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 2011 and the Slade School of Fine Art London in 2009. Her sculptural and performance works are a response to researching the slippage that occurs between primary and secondary source material, exploring the consequences of retelling history and how we construct identity through objects and memory. She is currently Artist in Residence at The Warburg Institute London. Selected exhibitions include: Lessness, still quorum, performance, Serpentine Galleries, London (2018); Boredom and its Acid Touch, Frieze Live, London (2017); Tongue Town, Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo (2017); Cache, Art Night Associate Programme, London (2017); Vernacular History of the Golden Rhubarb, Bosse and Baum Gallery, London (2017); PIC performance festival, Melbourne, Australia (2016); Coade’s Elixir-an occupation, Hayward Gallery, London (2014). In 2013 Powell-Williams was awarded the Sainsbury Scholarship at the British School at Rome.

About the Fountain of Tongues piece:

In this work a wobbly fountain pumps water around a pinecone made of tongues conjuring an atmosphere which crosses the Romantic poets with the drama of the Baroque. Pinecones are a prevalent classical decorative ornamentation and have been used to symbolise enlightenment, spirituality, the third eye and Pineal Gland, whilst tongues are a site for pleasure and communication emphasising a bodily experience. In Rome there are over 2000 fountains.  The Romans were experts at moving water around which meant they could provide it for crucial trades from mines and farm to mills and also for their gardens. As well as the famous and busy fountains such as the Trevi there are hundreds of drinking fountains tucked away in quiet squares where all you can hear is the trickling sound of water and these often a social meeting point. Each of these potential references have a purpose in the complex web Powell-Williams creates in her practice in which she cross references history, symbols and even her own work, disorientating the viewer with familiar yet unfamiliar objects. This fountain was originally part of a larger immersive installation of sculpture, performance and moving image exploring the fetishism of anthropological objects. The project combined an interest in tourist behaviors such as rubbing statues with a catalogue of bizarre stories about these artefacts gathered from historians and archaeologists whilst at the British School at Rome. It seeked to capture the sense of spectacle found in exploring historical sites and their dramatization to contemporary visitors.

 

 

The judging panel was composed by:  

Beth Colocci, trustee of the UK Friends of the National Museum for Women in the Arts

Sylvie Gormezano– Director at Picture this productions and Chair of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD)

– Marcelle Joseph, Director and Curator at Marcelle Joseph Project

Sigrid Kirk, Co-founder of ARTimbarc and AWITA ( Association of Women in the Arts)

Elizabeth Neilson, Director at the Zabludowicz Collection

Laura Smith, Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery


Mother Art Prize 2018 Call for entries

Procreate Project is excited to announce the second edition of the Mother Art Prize: an international open call for self-identifying women, non-binary visual artists with caring responsibilities. The prize is aimed at artists working in one or more of the following media: painting, drawing, mixed-media, photography, digital art, sculpture, ceramics, installation, textile, sound and video. [We welcome all kind of proposals, without any theme restrictions].

Procreate Project is a pioneering arts organisation supporting the development of contemporary artists who are also mothers, working across art-forms.

Working towards equal representation and opportunities for women and mothers, today Procreate Project offers online and offline platforms and opportunities for the display, screen and staging of works, connections with peers and organisations that can support artists at different stages of their career.

20 shortlisted artists will be exhibited at the Mimosa House gallery, London [ 2-18 May 2019] as part of a group show and will be given the opportunity to sell their artworks on the Procreate Project online shop

Enter by 26 November 2018, midnight GMT/London Time.

The Award Winner will receive:

  • 1 Month residency at The White House in Dagenham with the support of Create London (this covers an Art Studio and accommodation for the artist and her family
  • £500 cash prize
  • 2 mentoring session (1to1 or Skype) with Sylvie Gormezano, Director at Picture this productions and Chair of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD)
  • 1 free ticket to Oxytocin 2019 (date TBC)

To be considered by the judges for the prize and group exhibition in London, you will need to pay the entry fee of £15 for up to 3 artworks via Paypal [ please include MAP 2018 as subject] and submit the below form. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer please email us. You can pay in British Pounds, US Dollars and Euros too (if you wish to pay in any other currency, please contact us).

The judging panel is composed by:  

Beth Colocci, trustee of the UK Friends of the National Museum for Women in the Arts

Sylvie Gormezano– Director at Picture this productions and Chair of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD)

– Marcelle Joseph, Director and Curator at Marcelle Joseph Project

Sigrid Kirk, Co-founder of ARTimbarc and AWITA ( Association of Women in the Arts)

Elizabeth Neilson, Director at the Zabludowicz Collection

Laura Smith, Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery

How to submit :

  • Upload images of your work – maximum 3 artworks, maximum 3 images of each artwork. High-resolution images only – recommended size is 2MB
  • Please label all JPEG Image files as follows: Last&First Name _ArtworkTitle_&_Media_Dimensions
  • Visual art: All artworks are first juried by a digital photograph. All media and dimensions are acceptable for submission. You can submit up to 3 images for your 2D and 3D artworks.

Before submitting the form please make sure you read the T&C on Zealous.

Entry fees are non-refundable. Submission of the works does not guarantee being selected for the exhibition.  

Timescale:

October 2018 – 26 November 2018: Entries open

December 2018: Judging begins

January 2019: Shortlist, winner and exhibition dates announced

2019: Exhibition opens [Date TBC]


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