The Mother House Studios Is The First And Only Artists Studio With Integrated Childcare, Where Children Are Welcome Into The Workspace

The Mother House model was conceived by Dyana Gravina and establishes by Procreate Project.

The Mother House Studios are a unique solution to a proven lack of viable provision that sufficiently supports professional artists during early motherhood. The model adapts existing venues to create inspiring, affordable arts studios with integrated childcare.

Motherhouse’s approach was built on observations regarding childcare provision:

Childcare remains under-funded and scarce

Childcare models are invariably based on separating child from mother; mother from care and child from the workplace

Childcare is costly and not suited to families and women with flexible work and/or low incomes


The Mother House offerers a collaborative yet intimate space to curate the creative practice whilst ensuring a healthy journey into motherhood.

Crucially, children learn about women’s roles outside the domestic environment

Motherhouse creates two interconnected spaces:

Studio space for professional arts practice in the form of an open art studio. The space is organised in assigned sections that fit the needs of artists working in different mediums and forms.

Interconnected children space with resaurces and activities organised by a dedicated team. Read our Educational Manifesto


Procreate Project provides a range of support services for artists’ members, including mentoring sessions, curators / galleries’ owners visiting the space and online promotion of works.

After two pilots project in London [2016/2017], and one in Stroud in August 2017, we have secured the first public funding and the support of the Mayor of London, among others, to open the first permanent studio space in London.

We will then be able to facilitate new openings producing a Toll Kit for the model’s replication, and create a Mother House Hub without borders.

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