13 Feb

Motherhood, writing and art

Broadcaster, journalist and author Clover Stroud was ‘in conversation’ with artist Amy Shuckburgh exploring the many and varied aspects of motherhood at Olympia Auctions, 25 Blythe Road on 13th February.

Clover is currently writing a book on motherhood and Amy’s paintings and drawings as well as sculptures by Arabella Brooke on that theme were curated into a striking yet intimate exhibition at the gallery.

Discussions pivoted around the topic of motherhood –  exploring the question of identity and how motherhood reshapes you as a person; its ‘confusing pleasure’ – the physical and mental challenges, the resilience required, the nerves needed. Clover and Amy also discussed how motherhood affects creativity, and vice versa, with references to their writing and the art works.

Clover has written  ‘Motherhood is such a massive, strange process, during which absolutely everything in the world seems to happen, and also nothing at all. I struggle with that dichotomy a bit: no other activity in my life takes me from the pits of despair to the heights of joy and fascination, several times a day, sometimes several times an hour, quite like motherhood does.’

Isabel Taylor, a member of our Brook Green Fundraising Group said a few words about WLAC’s work. She highlighted the importance of providing counselling and therapy to local parents who face the inevitable challenges of parenting compounded by other serious issues in their lives and the challenges of managing on low incomes.

We would like to thank Olympia Auctions for hosting and promoting this inspiring event, Jeroboams for donating the drinks and Amy Shuckburgh, Arabella Brooke and Clover Stroud for donating their time, creative input and a selection of drawings and postcards for sale in aid of WLAC. Together with a collection on the night we raised £1,243. Thank you to everyone who came and supported the event.

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