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Role Mothers: Art, Creativity and Motherhood

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Explore the delicate juggling act experienced by maternal creatives balancing the dual roles of ‘the mother’ and ‘the artist’. 

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Motherhood is an intense period of introspection and change. For some, these may be ideal conditions for creative inspiration to strike, but it comes with immense demands on time, money and energy.

For the Wheeler Centre’s M/OTHER series, writer and musician Edwina Preston, British novelist Esther Freud and musician and mother Thndo explore the ideas and complications behind balancing art-making and motherhood.

Together with host, Radio National presenter Hilary Harper, they will delve into pertinent and honest questions about the roles of mother and artist, the barriers to creativity placed upon them by caregiving, and what structures can be put in place to better support mothers pursuing creative careers.

 


 

This conversation may include reference to difficult topics, such as mental health, reproductive rights, and childbirth. If you need assistance with any of these issues, you can learn more and seek advice via the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE), Perintal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA) and Beyond Blue.

Tickets

Tickets for this event are $15 full price and $10 concession, with a Pay What You Wish option available. Advance bookings are essential.

Children under the age of two do not require a ticket and can sit in their guardian’s lap. For children aged 2-12, please book a free children’s ticket so that we may reserve a seat for them.

This event will also be live streamed, available on this page at the event start time. Bookings are not required. If you are tuning into the live stream and wish to help enable the Wheeler Centre to keep presenting accessible and low-cost events, you are able to support us with a tax-deductible donation here.

 

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Wheelchair accessible

Accessible toilets available

Please notify us of all access requirements when booking online so we can assist you with your visit. If you require further information, please contact reception on 03 9094 7800 or ticketing@wheelercentre.com.

Official Bookseller

The official bookseller for M/OTHER is Neighbourhood Books.

About M/OTHER

M/OTHER is a weekend of fearless conversation about the ways ‘motherhood’ is experienced, portrayed and labelled by those who mother, have been mothered, wish they were mothers, do not identify as mothers, cannot or do not want to mother, and by society at-large.

 

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Featuring

Esther Freud

Esther Freud trained as an actress before writing her first novel, Hideous Kinky, which was made into a film starring Kate Winslet. After publishing her second book she was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. Her other novels include The Sea House, Lucky Break and Mr Mac and Me... Read more

Edwina Preston

Edwina Preston is a Melbourne-based writer and musician. Preston is the author of a biography of Australian artist Howard Arkley, Not Just a Suburban Boy (Duffy & Snellgrove, 2002), the novel The Inheritance of Ivorie Hammer (University of Queensland Press, 2012), and the novel Bad Art Mother (W... Read more

Thndo

The Australian music scene is no stranger to Thndo (fka Thando). The widely loved Zimbabwean-born ‘First Lady of Soul and R&B’ has commanded massive crowds at festivals such as Bluesfest, WOMAdelaide, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Groovin the Moo, BigSound, Jungle Love, Woodford Folk Festival a... Read more

Hilary Harper

Hilary Harper has a degree in English Literature and Cultural Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing, and 30 years’ experience in radio. She’s been at the ABC since 2005. She’s covered everything from news and current affairs to traffic reporting, arts, health, gardeni... Read more

Location

The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000

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