Project information

Mothers Uncovered Arts Workshops

Mothers Uncovered is a creative support network for mothers in the Brighton area. We run workshops, performances and exhibitions to explore feelings and experiences in a safe, structured environment, without judgement. We plan to run specialised days in arts, writing, photography & music

6 months

Charity information: Livestock

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  • Need


    There aren't many opportunities for mothers to explore openly and honestly their feelings and experiences. Mum & Baby groups are often informal drop-ins, not suitable for discussing issues that might be difficult or painful. There are also post-natal depression groups, but we wanted to take away the stigma of not coping; for the issues to be re-addressed as challenges to be shared. It is very easy for a new mother to feel sidelined by the emphasis placed on the baby and struggle to find her way.


    We give mothers the chance to celebrate and mark this point in their lives. By offering a platform, our project gives a unique opportunity for self-validation. The act of creating a life often awakens a creative side in women that is hugely empowering for them to document. This can be enlightening for those around them too. Plenty is written and said about motherhood, but not always by the mothers themselves. It is more likely that their thoughts are recorded retrospectively, if at all

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To run a series of one day creative workshops for mothers in 2013.


    » - Run four workshops, each with a different focus: music, arts, photography & writing.
    » - Bring all participants together for an exhibition/performance and sharing of the work at a later date

    What success will look like

    Success will be involving at least 100 mothers in the workshops and a further 500 visitors to the exhibition/performance.

    Aim 2

    To gather enough material to publish a book for mothers created by mothers.


    » To involve participants in creating a series of books that could be given to first-time mothers in the Brighton area, but also be retailed.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a book that is made available to new mothers in the area free of charge that is written for them by someone like them.

  • Impact


    The project will create a much wider network of mothers that can share information and support each other. The benefits to their confidence and self-esteem will be immeasurable.
    In addition we aim to bring upon the local medical services, and perhaps further afield, to increase the facilities and support post-natally and beyond. It is more than providing playgroups - there is a need for greater support and understanding.


    There is an element of risk with mothers injuring themselves by using equipment unfamiliar to them in a workshop. We have dealt with this by ensuring we have a good staff to participant ratio and that the activities provided are suitable for those with little experience.
    There is also a risk that session might unearth overwhelming feelings in participants. We will make sure there is sufficient support available.


    Funders of this project will receive a monthly email report on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities, and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Space hire Room hire for 4 day workshops, exhibition space
      £3,800 Fees Workshop fees for 10 workers and creche staff
      £2,000 Admin Project manager fees
      £2,000 Marketing Design, print and publicity - advertising
      £1,500 Materials Items needed for workshops, insurance
      £1,500 Editing Gathering material & editing for book
      £3,000 Publishing Cost to publish from online publisher
  • Background


    Brighton has a range of cultures and social groups. This diversity would mean an interesting dialogue between all those concerned in the project and some fascinating material would emerge. It also has a high proportion of LGBT individuals and family units. By working with families from many different backgrounds we aim to promote greater tolerance and understanding.


    We are holding a prototype day called Big Sunday later this year at The Brighton Youth Centre. In it we will offer taster sessions of music, art and writing. With the knowledge of this, we will know how best to market and promote these workshops to reach the widest possible audience and create the best written material. Some areas of Brighton are within the poorest 20% of the country (Indeces of Multiple Deprivation) so there is a real need for this work.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Livestock is ideally placed for this undertaking. Many of the facilitators/workshop leaders employed by the company for this project have been in previous Mothers Uncovered workshops, so are able to create a nurturing environment for the participants. Mothers Uncovered has been running since 2008 and has built up a significant local presence. 'Amazing! All mothers should have the opportunity to hear these wonderfully honest, funny and moving voices. Thank you.' Caroline Lucas, MP

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Claire Jones-Hughes

    Co-organiser and social campaigner, Claire organised the Brighton Breastfeeding Flashmob in Dec 2011. Claire has excellent marketing skills.

    Lesley Hughes

    Lesley has helped create much of the performance and written work for Mothers Uncovered. She also facilitates sessions and runs interviews.

    Mim King

    Mim is an arts performer and visual artist who has worked internationally. She created the first Mothers Uncovered film and is the creative consultant

'A valuable and feel-good scheme that should be sustained and spread across the city.'

Bill Randall, Leader of the Council