I am an independent curator, cultural producer, interdisciplinary artist, activist, mover, birth worker and community builder. I am the founding director of Procreate Project (2013-present), a visionary and pioneering arts organisation supporting women and non-binary artists who are mothers/parents. Procreate Project (PCP) has become a socio-cultural movement recognised in the UK with international reverberance. It was born out of the personal experience of pregnancy and the shocking reality of the lack of support and representation that forces primary caregivers outside the creative industries. Under this umbrella, I have developed for over a decade a curatorial and organisational practice that pushes the boundaries of what we showcase, where we showcase it and how people experience it. I have been providing new references for models that have inspired a sea-change across sectors; integrating ways we perceive and balance the private, the domestic and the public, and the perception and normalisation of carers’ artistic output as part of the cultural and social landscape.

My artistic and curatorial practices are interested in intersectional feminisms, migration, and body politics manifesting in a transdisciplinary body of work that combines writing, movement, actions, photography and video.

I have have collaborated and curated projects with partners and venues including RCA, King’s College London, LADA Live Art Development Agency, Ugly Duck, Mimosa House, Women's Art Library, RichMix, Richard Saltoun Gallery, 198 contemporary Art and Learning, to mention a few. Her performance actions and performative lectures have been shown and hosted in the UK and internationally including, East Street Arts, Wellcome Collection, ]Performance Space[, Leyden Gallery, The Yard Theatre, Institute Centre of Photography ICP ( NYC), Art Basel / Richard Saltoun Gallery, Minusoffspace (Vienna), Unit London, Menoparkas Gallery (Kaunas), Röhsska (Sweden) and Gruentaler9 (Berlin).


MA Gender Sexuality and Culture, Birkbeck University of London, 2024

Radical Birth Educator, Red Tent Doulas, 2024

First AID Mental Health, MHFA England, 2022

Birth and Postnatal Doula Preparation, Red Tent Doulas, 2019

Degree in International Communication University for Foreigners, Perugia - Sept 2003 – Apr 2007

Royal Academy of Dance, graduated in Advanced Level, 2007

Selected curatorial projects - platforms

  • Procreate Project CIC , Founder and Artistic Director; London 2013- Present
  • The Mother House artist studios with integrated childcare (2016-present), Founder; supported by the Mayor of London, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Lewisham Council.
  • Oxytocin Birthing the World, 1st edition, 2017 at RCA with support from LADA, Creator, curator, producer - a festival that creates a Performance arts, Health & community-driven project to evaluate the effectiveness of LGBTQIA+, Black and Brown and disabled patients’ care.
  • Oxytocin Mothering the World, 2nd King's College Guy's Campus, supported by Arts Council England.
  • Oxytocin Collective Care, 2023, Science Gallery London and Middlesex University
  • Mother Art Prize, international open call and group shows [2017-18-23], creator and producer, launched with the Whitechapel, AWITA, Create London, Tate Modern, Frieze London, Richard Saltoun, Mimosa House, Cromwell Place;
  • Performance Art Curatorial Fellowship programme, creator, curator and producer, The project integrates the medium of the body in performance and live art with a focus on sexualities and new technologies, 2022-23, IKLECTIK;
  • ‘Is there future’, co-curator - a collective reflection on reproduction, ecological crisis and our future through performances, talks and installation works; Ugly Duck, supported by Arts Council England.
  • Left Overs, group exhibition, creator and curator, at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, 2017;
  • Foetus, new media performance, creator and producer, 2015/2017, RichMix and Leyden Gallery,
  • Zines archive, creator and producer, of 130 artists, displayed at Goldsmiths University Women’s Art Library and toured to LSBU, Lace Gallery Nottingham, Manhattan College, NYC, 2015/16/17

Selected lectures and talks

  • Birth Rites Collection summer school, (UK) 2024
  • ‘Brno Women in the Arts’ conference, KUMST, (Czechia) 2024
  • ‘Kollective’, Röhsska Museum for GIBCA International Biennale of Contemporary art, (Sweden) 2023
  • ‘Oxytocin, interdisciplinary strategies’ – presenter for Maternity and Midwifery Hour, (Online) 2023
  • ‘What does a residency do’ forum, Stanley Picker Gallery Kingston University staged to form part of London Design Festival, (UK) 2023
  • ‘What do we value’, AWITA, (Online) 2023.
  • The Studio as a Site of Community and Collective Action, Freelands Foundation, (UK) 2022
  • ‘Women in the arts’ talk, Venice Biennale Uzbekistan Pavillion, (IT) 2022
  • (Re)production, Open Eye Gallery, (UK), 2022
  • Artist or Mother? Speaker for Art Basel Online Viewing with Richard Saltoun Gallery, (Online) 2021
  • ‘Into the Fold: Artist/Mother Identity, International Center of Photography NYC / ICP Online, 2021
  • ‘The Mothernist: Who Cares for the 21st Century?’ conference, The Royal Danish Academy of fine Arts and Astrid Noack's Atelier,(Denmark) 2017.

Selected live performances

  • ‘Collective birth of subversive subjectivity’, Venice International Performance Art Week, (IT), 2023
  • ‘The Mothers Of Social Hygiene #1 and #2’, Unit London, (UK) 2023; Menoparkas Gallery Kaunas, (LITH) 2022
  • ‘The Poison of a Thousand movements’ #1 and #2, performance Omnibus Theatre, 2023, Persona Festival, (UK/IT) 2022
  • Artist in residence Domus Artists Residency, IT, 2022
  • ‘Naked Life’, Spill Festival, UK, 2021
  • ‘Misplaced, Score #3: Becoming One With a Bag’, ‘Mis(s)placed Women?’ Performance Weekend and Community Gathering in Belgrade, (Online),  2021

Selected Books and publishing

  • ‘How not to exclude mothers and other parenth’, Hettie Judah, Lund Humphries Publishers Ltd, Co-Publisher: Sotheby's Institute of Art, 2022.
  • Why Do We Make It So Hard for Artist Moms to Flourish?, The New York Times, 2021.
  • ‘Inappropriate Bodies’, Edited by Rachel Epp Buller and Charles Reeve, Demeter Press, 2019.
  • ‘50 Inspiring Voices of Migrant Women: From Struggle to Success’,  Mirela Sula, Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk, Trevor Clarke (Editor), Seema Molhatra MP, 2017.

With thanks, many of the projects have been funded by Arts Council England

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