A hot air balloon is such a perfect new logo for us right now - we're lifting off on a brand new adventure, and taking you all with us!
Thanks so much for all your encouragement and inspiration. (The story of the new logo will be online later this month too...)
You can find out more about our plans in our very official sounding press release below.
If you're in the US, you can join in via the Museum of Motherhood right now: check out their wonderful Story of M.O.M. project gathering material for us to share on the tour.
We really hope you can make one of the 'real life' events as we would dearly love to meet as many of you as we can in person. Of course, as always, there will be lots of fun to be had here and on twitter...
Mums are making an exhibition of themselves from Penzance to New York…
Prompted by storyofmum.com, an inspiring online community and art project founded by mother/daughter team Pippa and Penny Best, mums from around the world are coming together to create and tour a unique collaborative programme of exhibitions and events across England from May to October 2013, culminating at the Museum of Motherhood in New York.
Focused on creative activities for mums instead of forums or advice, Storyofmum.com is an alternative mums’ community that fuses real and virtual participatory art. Mums connect and explore their individuality through simple shared projects like photographing their chaos, doodling the inside of a mums’ head, or baking a pie chart of their day.
Supported by the Arts Council and Feast, Story of Mum: mums making an exhibition of ourselves combines virtual and physical exhibitions and Mums’ “Make Dates” to explore motherhood and identity. Online activities feed into pop-up events at the MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Exchange Gallery in Penzance, The Photographers’ Gallery in London, and the Museum of Motherhood in New York.
On social media and face-to-face, Story of Mum Make Dates offer rare creative me-time (a kind of ‘mums’ night out’ meets unconventional knitting circle!). Chatting while creating exhibition material, mums share mum-stories, shape a curated poem for performance, and feature in portraits capturing their diverse identities. Daytime gallery events bring families together to get creative, browse the contributions, and explore their mothers’ world.
The exhibition programme will expand as material is created throughout the year. A wide range of partners are contributing in addition to the core community at storyofmum.com: from WILD young parents project in Cornwall, Milton Keynes’ multicultural Stay and Play Group, to Kensington Mums in London. From the collected stories of Bangladeshi charity Proshanti to the Museum of Motherhood in New York, mothers around the globe are making their daily lives into an exhibition.
Story of Mum co-creator Pippa Best explains “Motherhood is a wonderful, difficult, contradictory experience that can both expand and diminish our sense of self. We want storyofmum.com and Story of Mum: mums making an exhibition of ourselves to inspire a global community of mums to come together to create and share our stories, valuing our innate creativity and personal knowledge. The early years of motherhood in particular can be very lonely - once the kids are asleep, the web becomes a vital communication hub. By bringing mums’ experience into contemporary gallery spaces as well as online, we want to show mums of all ages and backgrounds that we are valued, seen and heard – and our experience matters.”
Visit the online galleries or real-life events to share your motherhood story and join the adventure. For full details of the Story of Mum: mums making an exhibition of ourselves programme, scroll down below...
Story of Mum: mums making an exhibition of ourselves
May – October 2013
Online exhibition at www.storyofmum.com
Story of Mum Make Date (twitter): I’m a Mum and a…
3 May – 2 June
MK Gallery, Milton Keynes
10 May - Eve: Story of Mum Make Date
11 May - Day: Story of Mum exhibition/events
Story of Mum Make Date (twitter): Mama Mash-Up
Exchange Gallery, Penzance
12 September - Eve: Story of Mum Make Date
13 September - Day: Story of Mum exhibition/events
Story of Mum Make Date (twitter): My Mum-Story
Photographers’ Gallery, London
18 October - Eve: Story of Mum Make Date
19 October - Day: Story of Mum exhibition/events
(context: “Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood & Identity”)
Museum of Motherhood, New York
You might also like these supporting events:
Story of M.O.M.
Museum of Motherhood, New York
Collecting/sharing I’m a Mum and a… photos and stories
Kensington Mums Motherhood Exhibition
Beaufort House, Chelsea
Collecting/sharing I’m a Mum and a… photos and stories in April/May – visit www.kensingtonmums.co.uk for info.