Find fellow MAM

Kate at March WTF
Kate Harris speaking at WTF gathering in Liberty Hall

Find MAM near you by joining our Facebook group or come to a meeting near you. We are also organising workshops as and when the opportunity arises. If there isn’t a group near you, think about organising a meet-up yourself.  That’s how this group got started and we’ve put together some tips on how to do it.

We have a steering group based in Dublin. It has some regional representation and we communicate by email A LOT. We will be looking for more people to help with this to insure that there isn’t burn out among MAM members. Let us know if you are interested.

Currently there are MAM groups organising in Dublin, Bray, Belfast, Galway, Cork and Kilkenny. We’re trying to keep this page up to date with meetings but you can follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Please join our Facebook group.

If you are interested in starting your own chapter in your local area to make life easier for travel and transport, please get in touch. We can help you secure a venue and/or loop you into our steering group, the wider network and opportunities therein.

Cuppas 2017

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Playground January 2017

The Summer holidays are behind us. Some of us will be delighted with the morning head space and return to routine, some of us dread the tyranny of the school run, the after school activities and homework demands. Whichever camp you’re in, take a little bit of MAM medicine and soothe/inspire yourself by meeting with some kindred spirits at a cuppa (supportive chat and networking with no agenda) or take action at a working meeting (campaign planning and MAM admin). We’d love to meet you!

Cuppas take place in family friendly cafe spaces and working meetings in high profile theatre venues, aiming to keep mother artists in touch with their industry and individual self confidence.

Here are the Dublin MAM September meetings which will be posted on the Facebook group as events. Further weekly meetings in cafes and theatres will follow all the way until December.

Up the Revolution!

Tues 5th Sept – Working Meeting – 10am – 12pm The Gate Theatre Board Room

Tues 12th Sept – Cuppa – 10am – 12pm Dublin Castle Cafe

Tues 19th Sept – Working Meeting – 10am – 12pm Project Arts Centre Upstairs Bar

Tues 26th Sept – Cuppa – 10am – 12pm National Gallery Cafe

These are informal meetings, sometimes in cafe venues. There is no agenda and they generate no paperwork. They provide an opportunity to meet others in your situation, discuss the issues that interest or trouble you and enjoy some warm, supportive conversation. Many MAMs have found that attending these meetings has improved their confidence levels and generated new work contacts. These meetings are the perfect way to introduce yourself to MAM.

Other events of interest:

Bodies – Affect – Labour: Women and Performance

10-5pm, Saturday 30th September

Keynote Speaker: Amanda Coogan
Speakers: Dr Aoife McGrath, Dr Miriam Haughton, Dr Trish McTighe Workshop facilitated by Mothers as Makers
Performance of Bounding by Regan O’Brien (MAM)

One day symposium supported by the School of English, Drama

 

In her 1969 Maintenance Art Manifesto, Mierle Laderman Ukeles commented on her role as mother and artist, stating that, ‘I didn’t want to be two separate people — the maintenance worker and the free artist — living in one body.’ Laderman Ukeles’s subsequent work was concerned with the erasure of maintenance work from public consciousness and speaks readily to the continued tensions that women artists experience, compounded by the ways in which women’s work (artistic and otherwise) is often overlooked. This is the central concern of this one-day symposium, which seeks to explore several key issues:

How performance can expose the gendered hierarchies and values attached to labour

How do we explore the labouring body through performance?

Within the context of our neoliberal times, how might we think about the flexibility

and creativity required of gendered labour?

How the gendered responsibility of caring labour places relentless physical and other

demands on women’s bodies and time

How affect theory, which examines the intensities that circulate between bodies, might

offer a framework for rethinking affective labour

The symposium incorporates a keynote lecture, academic papers, a workshop facilitated by Mothers Artists Makers, and a performance by Mothers Artist Makers member, Regan O’Brien. MAM was established in early 2016 and grew out of the energies of the Waking the Feminists movement. Their aim is to address ‘the specific issues of isolation,

marginalisation, and disproportionate economic impact experienced by women in the creative industries as a result of becoming mothers and the continued demands of being a primary carer.’ The 2017 publication of WTF’s report Gender Counts starkly exposed the systemic inequality of Irish theatre and has opened up discussion of the ideological and material conditions which women have laboured under for decades.

The symposium is free but you need to register. Please contact symposium organiser Dr. Shonagh Hill at shonagh.hill@ucd.ie to book. Please indicate if you wish to participate in the Mothers as Makers Workshop, ‘Support around Transitioning to Motherhood’. Numbers for the workshop are limited.

MAM West including MAM Limerick, MAM Galway, MAM Clare and MAM Mayo

Belfast MAM

Kilkenny MAM

Cork MAM

Waterford MAM

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  • We acknowledge the value that becoming a mother has in terms of our chosen discipline and to celebrate the richness and positive effects having a child has on our skill set.
  • We agree to be respectful of all our members parenting choices and family structures and we honour that it is our  diversity as individuals, practitioners, and mothers that is part of our strength
  • We value all of our work artistically and financially.
  • We acknowledge the complexity/variety/individuality of the impacts of motherhood in relation to the arts, and maintain an awareness of this complexity in all public forums.
  • We support the emergence through social media of informal networks or chapters for MAM  to combat isolation, form working relationships and collaborations, and create a platform for uncensored expression.
  • We agree to enhance the visibility of MAM by talking to others of its existence and the work of our members, individually and collectively.
  • We recognise that although we are specifically a mothers’ group,  we share common cause with male parenting artists and MAM will work in partnership with them.
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