JASON OAKLEY SALUTES THE EFFORTS OF INITIATIVES SUCH AS THE MOTHERSHIP PROJECT IN TACKLING THE ALARMING PERSISTENCE OF SHALLOW PRESUMPTIONS ABOUT THE INCOMPATIBILITY OF PARENTHOOD WITH PURSUING A DYNAMIC ART CAREER.
“Women in the art world have had enough”.
Jennifer Thatcher, The Mother of All Battles, Art Monthly, June 2013
“… and this is Sweden, the land of legislated gender equality and paid parental leave for both fathers and mothers. If things are so bad there, they can only be worse elsewhere.”
Jennifer Allen, The Parent Trap, Frieze, March 2012
Serious attention has recently been focussed on how the artworld harbours some pretty retrograde attitudes and practices in relation to women artists and artworkers in relation to parenthood. The UK publications Art Monthly and Frieze have explored the subject in articles respectively titled The Mother of All Battles and The Parent Trap. [Read more…]