Crowd-sourced list of initiatives, grants and residencies for parent artists. Submissions welcome to (specify name, description and a link to the resource)


M/Other Voices, NL

The m/other voices foundation rose from the research project (m)other voices: the maternal as an attitude, maternal thinking and the production of time and knowledge led by Deirdre M. Donoghue (artist, writer, researcher), between June 2013 and June 2014. The project's purpose was to initiate discourse and the doing of maternal theory within arts and other fields of cultural production and to reflect on the maternal figure as a thinker and a producer of knowledge. By considering the maternal as an attitude towards our being in the world, and as a practice held together by an ethos of ultimate hospitality towards 'the other', the m/other voices foundation explores relations between maternal work and -experience, -thinking and -time and the production of knowledge within arts and beyond. The foundation connects and brings together scholars, writers, artists, curators, historians from various corners of the world and its work takes place through specifically framed human encounters, exchanges and contributions between people from various disciplines and backgrounds. The foundation's work will be carried out under the three categories of 'Art, Research and Theory', 'Dialogue' and 'Community Involvement'.


(Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics) started in 2007 by Lisa Baraitser and Sigal Spigal . it brings together artists and academics and others. The MaMSIE events and the Journal Studies in the Maternal played and play a significant role in developing and supporting critical and creative research into the maternal.


Digital Institute for Early Parenthood was launched in October 2016, the Digital Institute for Early Parenthood (DIEP) aims to maximize the impact of outstanding international art and research on all aspects of real 21st century pregnancy, birth & new parenthood experience

Artist Parent Index

The Artist Parent Index is a searchable database of artists making work about their experience as parents. This site also features exhibits exploring topics of parenthood as well as organizations supporting artists who are parents. Enter a term into the search bar to find artists creating work on specific topics.

ProCreate Project, UK

ProCreate Project is a social enterprise encouraging and promoting the works of female artists who are mothers. The organization is providing practical support for artists, enabling them to continue producing work during pregnancy and motherhood through a range of initiatives and artistic productions. They organized a Mother House

The model aims to help mothers who are artists, creatives, freelancers and entrepreneurs, providing an inspiring space to allow them to continue working whilst nurturing engaged parenting.

Cultural ReProducers, USA

Cultural ReProducers are an evolving group of active cultural workers (professional artists, designers, curators, musicians, performers, writers, etc) who are also parents. It is a creative platform, web resource and community-based project founded in 2012 by artist and mother Christa Donner, with the increasing involvement of many others. Cultural ReProducers is for anyone interested in making the art world a more inclusive and interesting place by supporting arts professionals raising kids.

The Mother House, UK

The Mother House started the 5th of September 2016 at the IKLECTIK Art Lab.The model provides the freedom to work independently or alongside your children and it encouraged opportunities to work in collaboration with other artists creating a supportive and inspiring network.

The Mother House idea is born in response to the urge of “making” within the life-changing experience of motherhood, offering a collaborative yet intimate space to curate your practice whilst ensuring your journey into motherhood is fed in a creative and inclusive way.

Desperate Artwives, UK

Desperate Artwives is a collective of accomplished female artists whose creative practice interrogates their experience of being wives and mothers and questions social expectations and values which frame this role. The collective provides the encouragement, the opportunities, the validation and the contextual political framework and lightens the load saving time and providing the resources needed to exhibit and promote their work.


The International Foundation for Women Artists is dedicated to supporting, promoting, educating, and uniting women artists internationally.

IFWA tries to help decrease those differences by helping female artists attain increased visibility, additional project support with the tools to increase their potential, and to create a network of united female artists.

Museum of Motherhood, USA

The Motherhood Foundation Inc. is a certified nonprofit that creates, produces and presents artistic, educational and cultural content that studies and supports mothers and their activities. MFI disseminates information about mothers for broad public consumption while paying tribute to mothers (Moms) free of age, race and socio-economic barriers. MFI cares about, and acts upon the status of women, while celebrating the courage, fortitude, and ingenuity of mothers, and addresses important issues, creates meaningful content, and provides compelling community experiences

Motherhood Foundation seeks to marry education, herstory, creativity, culture and community for the benefit of all with a special emphasis on women who are mothers by amplifying the voices of women who are mothers. By collecting examples of the scope and breadth of the massive contributions mother’s make, their works become recognized and generations benefit from the legacy and documentation of the collective cultural voice.

MFI established the Museum Of Motherhood, a world-class International Museum to promote the new field of motherhood studies and the evolution of family in 2003 in New York.The M.O.M. Art Annex Residency Program is open to those students, artists, and scholars engaged in the study of women, mothers, fathers, and families. This live/work space in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Fl is an opportunity for those wishing to focus on research, writing, or art-making in a quiet setting, close to amenities, in a supportive environment.

Center for Parenting Artists, USA

The Center for Parenting Artists is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and sharing resources for artists with children. Our members represent all of the arts- painters, opera singers, actors, activists, theorists, and more. It is of vital importance to the arts community, and substantive thinking within our fields, that artists have longevity in their creative practice and represent varied life experiences.

Birth Rites Collection, UK

The Birth Rites Collection is the first and only collection of contemporary artwork dedicated to the subject of childbirth. The collection currently comprises of photography, sculpture, painting, wallpaper, drawing, new media, documentary and experimental film. It is housed in the University of Salford in the School of Nursing Midiwfery and Social Care in the Mary Seacole Building.

Maker Mamas, USA

We are mothers who delve deeply into what it means to birth humans as well as artistic expression. Our commitment is to raising emotionally and socially intelligent children to become active citizens in a world where the vision is equality for all. Our intention is to explore the intersections of art, motherhood and social justice in the midst of mothering our children.


The Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) is a scholarly and activist organization on mothering-motherhood, developed from the former Association for Research on Mothering at York University (1998-2010).


The Archive for Mapping Mother Artists is Asia's First Platform for Mother Artists.

A.M.M.A.A. is an initiative by Indian artist Ruchika Wason Singh, to document the different aspects of their art making and its possible relations with motherhood . The archive should serve as a space, both to make and claim , for and by mother artists in Asian countries; through their commitment to create despite maternal and domestic responsibilities.

Both Artist and Mother

The goal of is to present an ongoing digital record of interviews and stories from women ceramicists. The hope is that this project will provide insight and encouragement to talented female artists, which in turn impacts the field’s future.The site’s flexible format can accommodate an ever-expanding narrative and exchange of stories, questions, and advice designed to help female artists communicate.

Mama creatives, AU

We’re like a TED for mums. The overall premise is about building a supportive and collaborative community for creative mothers to:
CONNECT – with other like-minded creative mamas
SHARE – their creative story, expertise or passion
COLLABORATE – form new creative partnerships
FLOURISH – get back in touch with their core creative identity to feel a sense of purpose and fulfilment.

Parent-Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) for the Performing Arts, USA

A national network and resource hub built to stimulate conversation that breaks barriers and stigmas of parenthood in the theatre arts while promoting and generating solutions and initiatives.

PICT – Parents in Chicago Theatre, USA

Parents in Chicago Theatre (PICT) is an organization dedicated to improving working conditions for theatre workers in Chicago who also have caregiving responsibilities. We aim to do this through research, advocacy and connecting parents with existing resources in Chicago and nationwide.


Mothers in Arts Residency, NL

Mothers in Arts Residency (MA Residency) is a studio space combined with a communal day care. The Residency is specialized in supporting emerging women artists, who are also mothers. Mothers in Arts is free of charge; the artists agree on take turns to work and look after each others children around an organized work schedule. Initiated by Csilla Klenyanszki.

Artist Residency in Motherhood, USA

A self-directed, open-source artist residency to empower and inspire artists who are also mothers.

Sustainable Arts Foundation, USA

The Sustainable Arts Foundation is a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families. Our mission is to provide financial awards to parents pursuing creative work.


Women’s Studio Workshop envisions a society where women’s visual art is integral to the cultural mainstream and permanently recorded in history.

Our mission is to operate and maintain an artists’ workspace that encourages the voice and vision of individual women artists, provides professional opportunities for artists at various stages of their careers, and promotes programs designed to stimulate public involvement, awareness, and support for the visual arts.

Creative Collaborative Mothers, IND

CreativeCollaborative Mothers is an art project initiated by New Delhi based artist Ruchika Wason Singh .It is based on the belief, that motherhood is a universal experience and an energy; which can transform itself to the understanding of extended realities, beyond borders and cultures. The project is structured as a residency , with the aim of bringing together artist mothers for a period of one week. To collaborate , to live together, to exchange notes and to create in a homely space , is the focus of the project. The participating artists are free to explore new collaborations or find extensions of their previous projects through their dialogues.

The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home, UK

The Institute is interested to discuss homemade aesthetics, the private/the public, the familial, class and money matters.

The Institute is open to visits, proposals for projects, performances, discussions, screenings, residencies, exhibitions, actions and presentations.

The Mother Load, USA

The Mother Load is a global network of women who have connected through the simple act of passing a name from one person to another, creating an elaborate community of women who are both artists and mothers.


Women House, USA

Womanhouse (January 30 – February 28, 1972) organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro, co-founders of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) Feminist Art Program.

Mother Artist Project

The Mother Artist Project project by Erin Hüber, was created to shed light on the lives of mother artists behind the scenes- as they try to balance two very different worlds. The project was created to inspire and to create a sisterhood of artists. “Throughout my year of interviewing mother artists throughout the world , I have noticed a common thread between all of them. The lack of childcare while in the studio and money.

The goal of the MAP Grant is to offer support to mother artists who have a financial need. The grant is to provide the opportunity for an artist to pursue a specific art project, or body of work.”

The grant was announced to a winner in May 2016.

New Maternalisms

Forty years after the intervention of feminist art, what is the experience of the daughters of that era who have become mothers? What are the discursive and material differences between early maternal artworks of the 1970s and those being produced in the first two decades of the 21st century? Responding to these questions, New Maternalisms revisits debates central to 70s feminist art & theory in the context of political & activist art today. The project, conceived by artist and academic Natalie S. Loveless in 2010, consists of three curated exhibitions with satellite events and catalogues, New Maternalisms (2012), New Maternalisms Chile (2014), New Maternalisms Redux (2016), and an international colloquium event, Mapping the Maternal: Art, Ethics, and the Anthropocene (2016).

The egg, The womb, The head and The moon, UK

The egg, the womb, the head and the moon is an online, interdisciplinary, collaborative arts project that that will last for nine months (42 weeks)–a time frame that purposefully mirrors that of the duration of pregnancy. The site contains moving and powerful art and texts by artists, performers, photographers, academics and poets exploring a diverse range of subjects about the maternal.

At the end of the 42 weeks (May 2014) a celebratory exhibition will be held at The Artsmill Gallery in Hebden Bridge. The exhibition will be born out of the communications and interactions made visible through this space.