Procreate Project is partnering with Create London for the opening of The Mother House at the White House, Dagenham

The Mother House is the first artists studio with integrated childcare, where children are welcomed into the workspace. The Mother House is now opening at The White House in Dagenham three days per week from 15th January 2018.

Stories from the Mother House:

“Not only did the kids absolutely love being there, I felt I gained not only a little space and time for myself and my own thoughts about my work, but I made really valuable connections with others“ – Michele Grant – Visual artist

“Mother House is something that has been screaming to be born ever since the Womenhouse at the CalArts in ‘72’” -Deirdre Donoghue

Procreate Project in partnership with Create London are opening the doors of the White House to local artist mothers and their children.

The aim is to support female artists, cultural development, create a network for women with children and create employment opportunities in Dagenham and Barking areas.


The Mother House started on 5th September 2016 in London Waterloo and aims to be established in different areas of London and UK in order to support women’s artistic development through motherhood.

The model promotes attachment and inclusion, bringing the child’s development closer to the mother’s art practice. Children learn about women’s roles outside the domestic environment.

Mother House pioneers a unique solution to issues we identified in relation to current childcare provision in the UK including findings that: childcare is under-funded and scarce; childcare schemes are largely based on separating child and mother; childcare is costly and rarely suited to families with low incomes and freelancers.

As well as a space for the artists to work, childcare will be creative and educational. All within the comfortable, open environment of the White House.


Mother House will then open on 15th January 2018, every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am until 5pm.


The White House, 884 Green Lane, Becontree Estate, Dagenham, RM8 1BX

Procreate Project is a place of knowledge, artistic production and experimentation. The social enterprise produces interdisciplinary initiatives and artistic outcomes in collaboration with artists across the globe and in partnership with universities and establishes organizations in UK and internationally.

Create exists to explore the ways artists can contribute to the lives of people in cities. Their work is primarily focused in east London, home to more artists and art organisations than anywhere in Europe, and one of the most economically deprived parts of the UK. They help artists to connect more closely with communities through an ambitious programme of projects.

The White House is a public space for art and social activity on the Becontree Estate in Dagenham. Opened by Create in 2016, The White House has been home to resident artists and hosted a range of workshops, talks, dinners and events – with artist engaging meaningfully with the community. The White House is supported by Create, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, City Bridge Trust, Genesis Foundation, Helen Hamlyn Trust and Investec.

More info and fees here