The Procreate Project is an organisation that supports artists who are also mothers. They provide a platform that engages with art and motherhood, breaking the stereotype that both cannot coexist. For our (M)otherhood, Online, Offline and in Lockdown talk, we are pleased to announce that co-director and curator Paola Lucente from Procreate Project will be joining Helen Benigson to discuss the convolution of (m)otherhood and art. Paola Lucente has been the co-director and curator of the Procreate Project for two years, previously working at galleries such as the Guggenheim and the Zabludowicz Collection. To have her representing the Procreate Project is a great opportunity to showcase the work that the organisation is doing to support the creative work of (m)others. The Procreate Mother Art Prize awards a £500 cash prize and a two-week solo exhibition, providing a wonderful opportunity for exposure and support for the prize winners.
As two people whose work centres around (m)others and their support systems, it will be interesting to hear Helen Benigson and Paola Lucete’s ideas on our changing relationship with technology. In a talk with The COVID Times, Benigson discusses her own increased reliance on technology as one of her only means of communication and receiving news, but she contrasts this with the way that the pandemic has slowed life down and allowed her to spend more time with her children. In many ways, we witness “the push and pull of online and offline relationships” throughout Benigson’s work, brought increasingly to the surface in the face of COVID-19. As we navigate our way through an unprecedented landscape, it’s astonishing to explore our changing relationship with technology. Always interested in analysing the relationship between art and technology, we are delighted to host such an important discussion between Helen and Paola about what (m)otherhood means in light of the unexpected.