Procreate Project - New commissions Call Out

Leni Dothan, Procreate Project commissioned artist 2019 in her studio at SLADE. Mother and child Machine n7 in progress. Ph by Jennifer Moyes

We are excited to invite UK based artists to apply for 10 paid commissions as part of one of our new initiatives supported by the Arts Council England Emergency funds.

Procreate Project will award £1000 to each successful artist to cover their fees and production costs.

We want to support artists whose work and lives have been impacted by this time of isolation and extra domestic/care responsibilities. We would like to support the realisation of ideas which have may been stopped by the pandemic, or that have sprung during, and in response to, these times.

“Generally, talents are lost due to caring responsibilities and lack of support and/or because of their lower socio-economic background. Even more now the pressure for them increases hugely. For those with caring responsibilities, an infectious-disease outbreak is unlikely to give them time to develop new work, especially if they are not getting paid for it, or have no opportunities to show it. A pandemic has magnified all existing inequalities.”

We would like to take this opportunity to also support works which relate to subjects usually overlooked in the artworld like, but to limited to:

  • pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding politics
  • maternal mental health and domestic labour
  • gender and sexuality
  • body politics
  • climate emergency
  • gender based violence
  • Cultural identity and diversity

Applications in any medium or discipline are welcome and could include painting, digital, performance, sculpure, textile, installation, video.

Also based on the works and the selected artists, we will be working with our advisors and existing partners to maximise the exposure of the produced works and future opportunties, by expanding our pool of supporters, collectors and audience outreach.

You will receive support from Procreate Project team through the procee with regular meetings (using Zoom, or similar) to help develop the content and delivery of your project.

Selection criteria

– Artists must live and work in the UK and can apply filling this quick online form which must include a proposal (maximum 500 words) outlining their ideas and a short CV [The attachments should be no more than 2MB in size]

– Artists must self-identify as women or non-binary and be mothers/parents

– Applications will be reviewed, and commissions selected by Procreate Project team

– Ideally projects will not have started. However, if you have begun planning for a project, or it is in the very early stage of its development and you feel it is relevant to this call, we will consider it.

– The final selection will be based on the quality of the projects proposed to the commission

– We will offer 10 commissions with a value of £1000 each. This is the total amount of funding available for each commission, so when planning make sure you take all your costs into account (e.g. materials, equipment, time).

– Projects need to be realistic and Achievable within the deadlines; briefly include planning, cost, and delivery date

– Interviews: We might require an interview before the final selection to hear more about the project.

* We understand that schedule a work meeting is challenging for many at the moment, therefore we welcome children in the meeting and you will be welcome to pause and come back at any time during our conversation.

Key dates

  • Applications deadline: 5pm on Wednesday 10th of June 2020
  • Successful commissions announced: Monday 22nd of June 2020
  • Final works submitted for the successful commissions: October 2020
  • Works will be published/shared online: November 2020 and, subject to future developments, they might be included in the series of online and offline events part of the Procreate Project’s anniversary in December 2020.

Apply Here

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

Here is the form to apply

Apply Here

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

More information are available here

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

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