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.  


October 2018 – 26 November 2018: Entries open

December 2018: Judging begins

January 2019: Shortlist, winner and exhibition dates announced

2019: Exhibition opens [Date TBC]

Zealous matches creative talent with opportunity

Motherhood, Loss and the First World War

Motherhood, Loss and the First World War is a project conceived by BIG IDEAS. It acknowledges the universality of bereavement as the defining experience of the First World War with a special focus on the impact on mothers — an overlooked aspect of grief from the period. The project is in partnership with Royal Holloway University of London and the Institute of Historical Research.

Motherhood, Loss and the First World War will share community-researched stories of women bereaved during the First World War, bringing to light their experiences and inviting communities across the country to remember them. The project will have a special focus on women’s groups to discover these stories and to respond to them in creative and meaningful ways, empowering isolated women by connecting them with their community, and developing citizenship, civil society and advocacy skills. It will also bring to light new areas of historical research into the impact bereavement had on societies in Britain during and after the First World War.

Procreate Project was invited was awarded a small fund of £200 to cover expenses, materials the delivery fo the activity.

The workshop will involve gatherings of a group of 8 artist mothers. We will together analyse the material provided by Big Ideas and will respond to it using text, sound, video and visual as well as movement responses.

Motherhood, Loss and the First World War conference

In partnership with the London Centre for Public History and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), Big Ideas is organising a Motherhood, Loss and the First World War conference on 5 and 6 September 2018 at Senate House in London.

Time allowing, the artistic outcome of the research conducted during the workshops, will be used and exhibited during the conference.

The community of artists will benefit from the experience as it would give them the opportunity to learn about other women’s history, empower them and enable them to process their own grief and experience of motherhood through the support of an artistic community and the collective art making.

The documentation of the work will be shared online through the Procreate Project channels to further engage the public with the topic.

The workshops are free of charge and children are welcome. [ Please note childcare cannot be provided due to lack of resources, however it can be collectively booked and expenses can be share between the participants].

Dates will be confirmed and agreed between the group starting from the last week of August. 

If you would like to participate please email

Procreate Project online shop launch

The world’s first online shop championing and promoting artists who are mothers

The Procreate Project online shop is launching today 4th of July. The new platform is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of original artworks, prints and publications made by contemporary artists who are mothers.

If, like artist Marina Abramovic says, ‘children hold the female artists back’, we then want to change the paradigm.

We don’t often talk openly about the hierarchy of values that capitalism fosters. Data suggests that gender imbalances in the arts persist at, and beyond, the mid-career stage. Women keep voicing concerns about attitudes towards female artists, the lack of support for childcare and maternity leave, and the obstacles that confront women, particularly during the mid-career stage. It’s demonstrated that mothers have to face bigger challenges due to lack of infrastructures designed to meet their family needs, in order to nourish and develop their practice.

To further ensure professional development of contemporary artists with caring responsibilities, the Procreate Project online shop will promote and sell original artworks including paintings, photographs, sculptures, drawings, illustration and prints. The shop will also include hard-to-find publications related to the themes of motherhood, womanhood and feminism.

The new Procreate Project platform champions a rich mix of exciting emerging artists across disciplines. To name few: American fiber artist Michele Landel, who has produced three new exclusive works, inspired by the #Me Too movement campaign, examining the question “can you separate art from the artist?”; Italian born multidisciplinary Gaia Fugazza, recently selected for the Baltic Triennal, who has produced unique painted silk scarves; Edinburgh based Mella Shaw, who is selling pieces from her large scale installation HARVEST, focused on environmental issues, showcased in 2018 at Saatchi Gallery; London based visual artist and designer Sophia Marinkov Jones, whose strong works deal with birth and mother and child relationship. [please see the full artists list below]

“We aim to be as inclusive as we can, while keeping our curatorial vision strong with unique, playful and thought-provoking works. With our experience and network of buyers and collectors, we aim to raise the organisation’s profile and consequently create real opportunities, visibility and sustainability for the artists involved” (Paola Lucente, Procreate Project Director and Curator)

In a climate where only 30% of artists represented by commercial galleries are women, and as little as 3–5% of major permanent collections in the U.S. and Europe, Procreate Project is a pioneering social enterprise dedicated to the development of contemporary artists at this crucial stage of their personal and professional

#MeToo, “_it_s a huge deal”_Michele Landel

Procreate Project is an art organisation working towards equal representation for [self-identifying] women, working in the arts and creative industries. Procreate Project creates the prime conditions for the production of works that would not otherwise be created, by conceiving new models and platforms that facilitate the progression of a solid artistic development and increased visibility.

“Through art we want to challenge and shed light on stereotypes and assumptions for which women cannot pursue their creative goals when raising small children ” (Dyana Gravina, Procreate Project founder and Creative Director)

Featured Artists

Camille Aubry, Jessica Blandford, Odette Farrell, Gaia Fugazza, Jane Glennie, Martina Hynan, Sophia Jones, Wednesday Kim, Helen Knowles, Vaiva Kovieraite-Trumpe, Michele Landel, Kate Lyddon, Rajaa Paixão, Jemimah Patterson, Roberta Pederzoli from Quintessenza, Leyli Salayeva, Saskia Saunders, Mella Shaw, Jessica Timmis, Leticia Valverdes, Dawn Yow