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Mother Art prize exhibition is opening at Zabludowicz Collection this March

Procreate Project and Zabludowicz Collection are thrilled to present the Mother Art Prize, a group exhibition featuring 21 artists selected via open call, and the only international prize for self-identifying women and non-binary visual artists with caring responsibilities.

The exhibition will be presented at the Zabludowicz Collection from Thursday 30 March–Sunday 25 June 2023. The selected artworks are connected by a deep urge to address intersectional socio-cultural matters.

Guests are welcomed to interact with pieces that address the conflict between a capitalist society and the real-life struggles of individuals existing on the fringes: those who are brought up in diasporas, those grappling with poverty and disabilities, those who are redefining concepts of humanity, femininity, pregnancy, and motherhood. Through various mediums, artistic styles, cultural viewpoints, and a hint of levity, these creators foster a dialogue that bridges the past, present, and future.

The Procreate Project Mother Art Prize seeks to elevate and encourage artists who are also parents, while also shining a spotlight on a diverse range of topics that are often ignored and undervalued. By taking risks and challenging conventions, the Mother Art Prize hopes to transform the way society perceives and embraces the artistic contributions of women and caregivers. Organized and curated by the Procreate Project, the 4th edition of this prize brings together prominent figures and organizations dedicated to combating gender bias and intersectional issues within the art world.

“Procreate Project is a vitally important space that supports and champions artists who are carers, (m)others or parents. Procreate Project understands the elastic fragility of what it means to make and show artwork, at the same time as having competing caring responsibilities. At this very surreal and
anxious time that we are all living through, spaces like this are extremely rare and extra special, so I am very grateful to Procreate Project and the Mother Art Prize for existing and supporting our work.” –

Helen Benigson, Mother Art Prize 2020 Winner.

Featuring artists working across a range of media, the works were selected among 630 entries from 36
countries and judged by:
• Dr. Charlotte Bonham-Carter (Independent curator and writer, and Head of International
Partnerships, CCW, University of the Arts London)
• Niamh Coghlan (Director of Richard Saltoun Gallery)
• Pauline de Souza (Director of the Diversity Art Forum)
• Caroline Douglas (Director at the Contemporary Art Society)
• Touria El Glaoui (Director of 1-54 art fair).
Individual awards:
The Commission Award was won by Ming Ying Hong, (Rhode Island, USA), receiving £1000 for
the production of a new work commissioned in partnership with the Diversity Art Forum. This award is
dedicated to people of colour, black or brown and mixed-race artists.
The Online Award was won by Qian Qian, (London, UK), receiving an online Solo Exhibition with
Richard Saltoun Gallery.
The International Award was won by Mee Jey, (St. Louis, USA), receiving up to a one month
residency at the Mother House Studios in London with mentoring sessions provided by Sylvie

The exhibition is co-curated by Paola Lucente (Director and Curator, Procreate Project) and
Paul Luckraft (Senior Curator: Exhibitions, Zabludowicz Collection). Admission is free, more info here.

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