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Mothers Who Make

Mothers who Make is a growing national network aimed at supporting mothers who are artists, working in any discipline and at any stage of their careers. It was started by Matilda Leyser in London in 2012 and has rapidly spread across the country, with groups currently having met in over ten different regions.

It is a peer support group and creative exchange session for mothers who are artists – professional and/or passionate – writers, painters, actors, dancers, filmmakers, photographers…every kind of maker welcome, and every kind of mother.

The sessions, which have gathered momentum over the past few months, aim to give creative mothers the chance to explore their practice in a room with their child. 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.

Each month, an external guest speaker will be invited to join the session to talk about their journey of being an artist and a mother. They will provide insight on National initiatives they have been a part of, or set up, and will be a catalyst for conversation within that session, and beyond. And each month a mother in the group will report back in the form of a blog sharing their experience.

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!

Facilitated by:

Liz Richardson

Liz trained at East 15 Acting School in London and performed regularly with improvisation company The Factory for 6 years before moving back north to her roots. Her one woman show Gutted premiered here at HOME and after a sell-out run, is touring hospitals and theatres throughout the next couple of years. Other theatre companies Liz has appeared with include Scene & Heard; DryWrite and Forward Theatre. Her comedy background includes appearing for Amused Moose; the Hackney Empire and Funny Women, Edinburgh. Radio credits include The Changeling for BBC Radio 3. Liz also leads our playreading sessions at HOME. Liz lives in the Peaks with her husband, daughter and all-important other family member, her dog.

Susan Guest

Susan is a hybrid, mid-career, multi-disciplinary performer and theatre maker working in a diverse range of theatre with nearly 30 years experience in physical theatre, devising, new writing, choreography, acting, dancing, mask, drama practitioner, mime, circus and an actor/musician and has toured extensively in the UK, internationally and London’s West End. Susan studied Drama at Middlesex University, became a core member of comedy theatre company The Hairy Marys and went on to the Royal Exchange, Chester Gateway, Belgrade Theatre, Redshift & Actors Touring Company. Happy Hour, an Irish/German co production was released in Germany in May 2016 having won Best production at the Munich Film Festival. She runs her own company, Articulate Elbow. Hypochondriac! On the Sick her first solo show, tours Spring 2017.  Susan lives in Manchester with her husband, David and two daughters, Olive and Robyn.

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