Meet the team

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Dyana Gravina
Founder and creative director

Dyana Gravina is an artist, facilitator, activist and art producer based in London. She is a women-artists-mothers’ rights advocate, and is the founder and creative director of the Procreate Project. She has worked for over a decade in the entertainment industry, events and the contemporary arts. Independently working for other organisations and agencies, she has led international productions and established collaborations with brands and institutions including the Venice Biennale, IPM International Music Conference, The Devine Comedy musical theatre, Goldsmiths University of London, Royal College of Art, LADA, and Create London.

Paola Lucente
Director and Curator

Paola Lucente is a London based independent curator, with bachelor in Visual art and a Master in Art Management Psychology. She worked several years in the contemporary art scene, for names like Zabludowicz Collection in London and Guggenheim Museum, Marian Goodman Gallery, Scope and Volta art fairs in New York.

Alena Beranzoni
Mother Art Prize coordinator

Alena Beranzoni is a London-based producer and manager with master degrees in Intercultural Communication and Cultural & Creative Industries. Having worked in the arts sector for over 10 years she has realised a wide portfolio of cross-cultural projects and collaborations with prominent art organisations in the UK, Russia, Europe and the USA.

Elisa Fontana
Head of educational programme for the Mother House Studios

Elisa is Play Therapist, Social and Emotional Learning Facilitator, Early Years Teacher and Relational Artist. She currently works as a project manager, consultant and therapist in the educational sector in the UK. She has been leading community art projects, training and consultancy in Italy, Switzerland, India, Turkey, Egypt and the UK.

Chiara Di Zacomo
Media and communication intern

Chiara is an art historian with an MA in Curatorial studies in Rome. She started to build up her working experience in the contemporary Roman art scene, as assistant of the conceptual artist Roberto De Simone. She also worked in art galleries in Rome, and collaborated with Roma Radio Art Fair and the 54th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia. Chiara moved to London to find new ispirations.

“Through art, we want to unpack and shed light on stereotypes and assumptions that women cannot pursue their creative goals when raising children.”

Advisors board:

  • 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
  • Elizabeth Neilson, Director of the Zabludowicz Collection
  • Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, Artist, Midwife, Feminist academic & activist. Founder of Home Live Art
  • Pauline De Souza, Director of Diversity Art Forum

Ambassadors:

  • Bracha L. Ettinger
    artist-painter, artist-theorist, psychoanalyst and philosopher, pioneer thinker on the matrixial space and the maternal subject.
  • Antonella Gambotto-Burke
    critic, journalist and novelist
  • Nora Weller
    Executive Director at Cambridge Academy of Global Affairs – a pioneer in promoting peace, reconciliation and cultural exchange through advancement of women’s rights and art and cultural heritage protection

Thoughts from the founder

Mothers should be supported. There is a profound need in society of understanding what motherhood means, the invisible unpaid labour of caring for a child and raise him or her into an adult in this society should be evaluated and recognised and not ignored.
Furthermore, women should be able to talk loudly about each aspect of their life as mothers. They should not feel inhibited during sex, pregnancy, not during birth and not after

You cannot be inhibited when creating art as you cannot feel inhibited when creating life.
The art of motherhood should be normalised, felt, extemporaneous, and not judged as boring, or not “sexy” enough to reach the  big audience.

To me art is about expression, intense feelings, experiences, chaos, madness,profundity, richness, blood, love. I would use the same words to describe motherhood. If not oppressed by patriarchal schemes radicated in people’s brain, a woman should be able to find full empowerment during this time as a human and as an artist.
Starting from this awareness then we can try to create more infrastructures that facilitate a woman in pursuing her career while nurturing her practice as a mother.

Our partners and supporters:

Arts Council England, Royal College of Art, Mayor of London, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University of London, King’s College London, Zabludowicz Collection, IKLECTIK, Mimosa House, Create London, AWITA, LADA Live Art Development Agency, Elephant West, The Showroom, Elephant Magazine, Create London, Colart, Richard Saltoun

Useful contacts

General enquiries:

info@procreateproject.com

Mother Art Prize:

artprize@procreateproject.com

Enquiries about events and public programme: 

events@procreateproject.com

To be fuatured on our online shop:

shop@procreateproject.com

Follow us on social media

Facebook – Instagram @procreateproject

Twitter: @procreateproj


About Procreate Project

Procreate Project was founded in 2013 is an art social enterprise and has grown to become a pioneering arts organisation driven by an ethos that strives for innovation and sociocultural impact.

The main aim is to support the professional development of contemporary artists who are also mothers, working across multiple disciplines.

We are dedicated to producing bold, interdisciplinary projects, embracing the risk necessary to achieve a sea change in the perception and normalization of women’s artistic output as part of the cultural landscape.

Today Procreate Project offers online and offline platforms and opportunities for the display, screen and staging of works and connections with peers and organisations that can support artists at different stages of their development.

3–5% of the artworks in major permanent collections in the U.S. and Europe are made by women artists, Procreate Project, through its actions and advocacy, strives towards equal representation for [self-identifying] women working in the arts and creative industries.

Our new approaches and platforms also aim to drive the attention of the wider UK and international public to a broad-spectrum of universal themes that have traditionally been overlooked and devalued, such as body representation, female identities, domestic labour, childbirth and sexuality, miscarriage, loss, and maternal health.

In the long-term, the projects and innovative models have demonstrated to also benefit the mental health and artists’ well-being by making the production of new work possible, with or without the presence of children, offering representation, sustain their artistic identity and confidence, and access a supportive peer-community, in-turn developing healthy families and young people.

The Procreate Project umbrella includes:

  • Events and exhibitions

  • Workshops and educational programmes

  • Art commissions

  • Mother Art Prize

  • Online and offline Art sales

  • The Mother House studios – a unique model of affordable artists’ studios with integrated childcare, where children are welcome in the workspace.

“One of the most innovative civic initiatives in London in 2018. The Mother House Studios has the potential to inspire step change in various sectors and the project will have a much bigger impact if spread around the city.” – Sadiq Khan

Our partners and supporters:

Arts Council England, Royal College of Art, Mayor of London, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Women’s Art Library at Goldsmiths University of London, King’s College London, Zabludowicz Collection, IKLECTIK, Mimosa House, Create London, AWITA, LADA Live Art Development Agency, Elephant West, The Showroom, Elephant Magazine, Create London, Colart, Richard Saltoun

Contact us at

info@procreateproject.com

Follow us on social media

Facebook – Instagram @procreateproject

Twitter: @procreateproj