Symposium in Hugh Lane Gallery

“Care and Creativity: Parenthood and Arts Practice in the EU” is being co-organised by The Mothership Project and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin with the support of the Communicating Europe Initiative. The Hugh Lane Gallery will host the event to coincide with their exhibitionsEva Gonzalès Is What Dublin Needs” and “Bones in the Attic”.

The aim of this symposium is to create a platform for discussion around ways of working as a parenting artist. The two mornings are an opportunity to examine the climate for parenting artists both in Ireland and within Europe and to share knowledge on how to manage the juggle of Care and Creativity

Speakers include:- sociologist and author of “Care and Capitalism” Kathleen Lynch, Frank Abruzzese from Cow House Studios, Orla Whelan from AtHomeStudios, Catherine Marshall of Na Caillleacha, BBK Berufsverband Bildender Künstler*innen form Berlin, Michelle Brown and Leah Hillard from The Mothership Project as well as artists Annette Hollywood, Aideen Barry, Fiona Reilly and Ruby Wallis.

Limited childcare for children aged between 1 and 4 years will be available each day. Please email <> to book a place. Please note for those with infants, they are welcome to join and our speakers are aware that babies will be in the room. 

It takes place on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th September from 9.45am – 12.45pm.

Thursday (9.45-12.30) This session looks at what is happening across Europe and in Ireland in relation to supporting parenting artists. BOOK HERE ***This is the booking for in-person event, the zoom link will be shared closer to the time for online access***

10.00 – 10.45  Berlin based artist Annette Hollywood and artist Sabine Reinfeld, former board member of bbk : Berufsverband Bildender Künstler*innen berlin (Professional Association of Visual Artists Berlin) and Aoife Tunney Creative Europe Culture office.

11.15 – 12.15 Presentation by Kathleen Lynch author of Care and Capitalism followed by discussion with Michelle Browne and Leah Hilliard of The Mothership 

Friday (9.45-12.30) This session focuses on best practice bringing artists experience and realities, both here and abroad to the table . BOOK HERE ***This is the booking for in-person event, the zoom link will be shared closer to the time for online access***

10-10.45 Discussion on residencies with children both here and abroad Fiona O’Reilly, Aideen Barry, Frank Abruzzese from Cow House Studios

11.15-12.15 Panel discussion with Orla Whelan from AtHomeStudios alongside artists Ruby Wallis and Catherine Marshall of Na Caillleacha discussing ways of working


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