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Thursday, 25 April 2019
10:30am - 12pm
Exeter Phoenix
Arts & Crafts

Mothers Who Make is a growing national initiative aimed at supporting mothers who are artists & makers, in any discipline and at any stage of their personal or professional making. It was started by Matilda Leyser (Improbable Theatre) in London in 2014 and has rapidly spread across the country.

Every kind of maker is welcome- professional and/or passionate – writers, painters, performers, musicians, bakers, crafters, architects, historians ….

Every kind of mother is welcome- biological, adoptive, step, surrogate, foster, grand, great grand, to be ….

The monthly sessions aim to give creative mothers the chance to explore their practice with their children present, valuing equally their dual roles of mother and artist. We want as many people as possible to be part of the unfolding MWM conversations. Our reach is across generations and art forms – we are thrilled by the plurality of voices that are part of this discussion. In other groups professional connections have been formed and led to the beginning of joint projects between participants – so it’s a great way to meet and collaborate with other mothers from different creative backgrounds.

You are invited to join this inspiring and growing initiative. Please feel free to bring along your children, of any age, whether they are inside you, beside you or running around the room. But equally just bring yourself.

MWM is facilitated by a collective of local mother – makers:

  • Lizzy Humber, arts producer, performer, community artists, mother
  • Holly Holt, butoh dance artist, mother
  • Estelle Buckridge, community artist, theatre maker, mother


  • Thu 31 Jan
  • Thu 28 Feb
  • Thu 28 Mar
  • Thu 25 Apr

Let us know you’re coming if you can! Email: Feel free to come along if you haven’t had a chance to drop us a line. We look forward to seeing you! 

Learn More about Mothers Who Make here >>


MWM was started in London in 2014 by Theatre Maker and Improbable Associate Director Matilda Leyser. The initiative grew from Leyser’s sense of there being experiences and challenges specific to being both a mother and an artist. She noticed many parallels between the two roles: both are concerned with creativity and play, both require stamina, patience, sensitivity, both keep her up at night. At the same time, she was struck by the strength of the cultural assumption that the two were incompatible: she was told she must compromise on either her creative work or her mothering. She wanted to challenge this. She put out an invitation to mother-artists, across art forms, to join a peer support group to which they could also bring their children of any age. The response has been extraordinary.

MWM has rapidly spread across the country. There are currently regular peer-support groups meeting at 9 major arts-related venues in different regions, with 21 other groups in the process of starting across the UK in 2018.

For national discussion please see the Facebook group here >>