Project AfterBirth invites professional contemporary artists of any gender working in any visual, performing, text, film or digital art discipline to submit work they created in response to their own or their partner’s pregnancy, birth and/or early parenthood experiences. The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday 15th May. By the end of June 2015, a dedicated panel (including Martha Joy Rose, Director, Museum of Motherhood, New York, USA, Helen Knowles, Director, The Birth Rites Collection, Manchester, UK, and Francesca Pinto, Head of Development, The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK) will announce a selection from submissions which will feature in an exhibition about the impact of early parenthood on the artist. This exhibition will launch at White Moose gallery in the South West of the UK on 2nd October 2015 with the aim to tour to a number of UK, European and USA art spaces in 2016-18.
Most submitted work may also contribute to an interdisciplinary research initiative led by Project AfterBirth and a team of academics aimed at shedding light on current Western pregnancy & birth practices, investigating their impact on early parenthood experiences, and informing their future. A further aim is to present submitted work on a new online archive dedicated to contemporary art, social activism and research on the subject of new parenthood.