Oxytocin Mothering the World 2020 Call for Performances

Image: live performance by Xie Rong, photo by Jamie Baker

Procreate Project is looking for new works to stage on the occasion of Oxytocin Mothering the World in May/June 2020 [Dates TBC].

Call for performance and live art responding to ‘Inclusive Mothering’, looking at gender, race, bodies, disabilities and sexualities. We would like to receive proposals for performance and live art artists who self identify as women, non-binary or Trans and have caring responsibilities.

Oxytocin is about mothers and carers. It creates a platform for critical art practices, intersectional feminist theories and maternity services.

Spread over 3 days, the event sees the staging of performances distributed across different vanues, discussion panels and group workshops. The Oxytocin 2020 curatorial approach will look to unpick urgent issues, still hardly discussed and represented in public contexts. 

The aim is to create a Community-driven project to evaluate the effectiveness and feasibility of an inclusive maternity care service as well as providing a platform to showcase the work of artists whose artistic practices and personal experiences are underrepresented and undersupported. 

We are seeking for contributions that address and explore ‘Inclusive Mothering’ practises and reproductive justice. 

Oxytocin Mothering the World 2020 is curated by Dyana Gravina, Procreate Project creative director, and Laura Godfrey Isaacs artist and midwife.

Deadline to apply is the 1st of February 2020 and we will do our best to send feedback to all the artists by the end of March 2020. Thank you in advance!

* Submissions are FREE. Subject to funding, every selected artist will be paid a performance fee.

* We accept submissions from artists based outside the UK, however we cannot guarantee that travel expenses can be covered.

* Childcare is provided for the lenght of the performance. If you have childcare requirements please specify this in your proposal

More information about the event and past programme can be found at www.oxytocinbirthingtheworld.co.uk

Here is the form to apply

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Oxytocin Mothering the World March 2019 – King’s College London Guys Campus

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Mother Art Prize 2020

Winner’s Award: £500 Cash Prize + 2-week solo exhibition at The Showroom in Summer 2021

International Award: Up to 4 weeks residency at The White House Dagenham + up to £500 worth of art materials sponsored by Colart

Online Award: Online Exhibition with Richard Saltoun + 2 mentoring sessions with Sylvie Gormezano

Procreate Project is back with the 3rd edition of the Mother Art Prize 2020, the only international open call for self-identifying women and non-binary visual artists with caring responsibilities. 
Its aim is to promote and support artists who are mothers/parents as well as drive the attention of the wider public to a broad-spectrum of themes that would otherwise be overlooked and devalued. 
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 and there are no theme restrictions.

The judging panel is composed by:

  • Niamh Coghlan, Richard Saltoun Gallery Director 

  • Pauline Desouza, Director of the Diversity Art Forum

  • Elvira Dyangani Ose, Director of The Showroom and Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University

  • Eva Langret, Artistic Director Frieze London

  • Claire Mander, Chair of Steering Committee of UK Friends of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Director of theCoLAB

  • Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern


Exposure: Group show for up to 20 selected artists at Elephant West, Elephant Magazine’s pioneering project space in west London [6-29 of November 2020]; feature in the Procreate Project online shop and in the Elephant Magazine. 

Winner’s Award: £500 Cash Prize + 2-week solo exhibition at The Showroom in summer 2021

International Award: Up to 4 weeks residency at the White House Dagenham [In partnership with Create London] + £500 worth of art materials sponsored by Colart

Online Award: Online Exhibition with Richard Saltoun [Sept 2020] + 2 mentoring sessions with Sylvie Gormezano, Director at Picture this productions and Chair of the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD)

* EXTENDED DEADLINE 16TH OF MARCH 9PM. The winner and the shortlisted artists will be announced in May 2020.

“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 — Mother Art Prize Winner 2018 

For any enquiry please contact us us at artprize@procreateproject.com

Please note, we are a non-for profit organisation and the submission fees are re-invested for the production of the prize and the group show.

Our partners and sponsors:

Group Show

Elephant West

6-29 of November 2020

62 Wood Ln, White City, London W12 7RH

Group show Mother Art Prize May 2019 at Mimosa House, London

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