How Not to Exclude Artist Parents

A really important conversation, chaired by art critic Hettie Judah that considers the experience of artist mothers in the art world today. How not to exclude artist mothers A conversation about artists, parenting and institutions | recroded 4 March 2021 from Freelands Foundation

In this online conversation, artists Rana Begum, Laura Ford and Cally Spooner, Fiona Bradley (Director, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh) and Laura Smith (Curator, Whitechapel Gallery, London and Max Mara Art Prize for Women) chaired by art critic Hettie Judah consider the experience of artist mothers in the art world today.

Following her research into the impact of motherhood on artists, published in Freelands Foundation recent report, ‘Representation of Female Artists in Britain 2019’, Hettie Judah explores ways in which arts institutions could do better to accommodate artist mothers when working with them on exhibitions and residencies.

The artists share their experiences – both positive and negative – and leading figures in the British art world discuss how they have made positive changes within their own institutions. To conclude the event, Hettie presents a list of provisional guidelines, compiled in collaboration with artist mothers who have participated in her research, to guide institutions toward best practice.

You can read the full guidelines at


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