Stellar Quines and Bird of Paradise Make Do & Mend artists announced

We’re delighted to announce the Stellar Quines and Bird of Paradise Make Do & Mend artists who’ll be responding through their artistic practice to the theme of – motherhood and the connections involved – throughout this year.

  • Robert Bennett (leader of project), Janice Barbour, Jorja Follina, Lesley Howard, Jourdan Walker (dancers), Chloe Divers (project coordinator)
    Dancing in the Dark
  • Emily and Cherrie Beaney
    Breaking the Fall
  • Heather Marshall, Creative Electric
    Medusa 2020
  • Jen McGregor
    Screech
  • Ruth Rankin (lead artist) and Naomi Stirrat (collaborator)
    UnTangled

It was a very competitive round and the panel were very impressed by the range of projects that were submitted. Thanks to all those who applied or took part in our surgery days.

Find out more about each of the projects:

Bob Bennett DancingRobert Bennett (leader of project), Janice Barbour, Jorja Follina, Lesley Howard, Jourdan Walker (dancers), Chloe Divers (project coordinator)
Dancing in the Dark will explore the theme of what it means to be a Mother through dance by telling the story Robert’s Mum’s experiences of raising a disabled child and her background as a ballet dance teacher, which was very formative in the development of his passion for dance. The focus will not only be on Robert’s Mum but also his Sister who played a large part in raising him. Dancing in the Dark will challenge conventional ways of moving in dance in particular for wheelchair users by using a hoist during the dance piece.

Emily and Cherrie Beaney in costumesEmily and Cherrie Beaney
Breaking the Fall brings together two female artists, mother and daughter, in the creative exploration of the impact of a child’s chronic illness on motherhood. Experiences of epilepsy will be explored from the perspective of both mother and daughter, focusing upon issues of control. These themes will be visualised in the design of wearable sculptures and experimental movement sequences.

Heather Marshall on train trackHeather Marshall, Creative Electric
Medusa 2020“A heid full ae snakes is bound tae make yae do mad hings”. A contemporary, Scottish retelling of Medusa, a woman wrongfully branded as a monster created by Heather Marshall of Creative Electric. The curse that was placed upon Medusa was not from Athena but rather from her own body and mind and the way society viewed her. A monthly curse, not in the form of a bleed, but her hormones banishing the production of serotonin in her brain. During Make Do and Mend Heather will develop new writing based on the story of Medusa and Heather’s experiences of pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder. The writing will be developed with three performers who have experience of menstruation.

Jen McGregor
Screech – Combining physical theatre and voice/instrument dialogue, Screech will explore the figure of the childless woman and how even the lives of the maternally-disinclined or infertile are shaped by expectations regarding motherhood. It will also serve as an experiment in new ways of notating performance to depict more accurately a neurodiverse writer’s intention.

Ruth Rankin (lead artist) and Naomi Stirrat (collaborator)
UnTangled – “Mother knows best” What happens when others tell you they know what’s best?
Educational Psychologist, Doctor, Teacher, Occupational Therapist, Health Visitor. A web develops that a mother has to unTangle to make sure her child doesn’t suffocate. We hope to create a performance piece that comforts and encourages mothers, as well humanising the often ‘statisticised’ ASN community. This embryonic idea pertaining to Motherhood will celebrate the relationship between a mother and her sensory seeking child, exploring the role of the mother as untangler.