Mother in the Mother: An exhibition on motherhood to celebrate Mother’s Day

mother in the mother_small-02 (1)A Bristol-based arts project is launching a multi-media exhibition in Knowle West in March to celebrate Mother’s Day – created by mums from across the city.

‘Mother in the Mother’ will be opening at Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) on 14th March. The project has collected stories from a wide range of mums talking about the realities of motherhood.

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These experiences have been transformed into sculpture, film and handmade books as well as interactive craft.

Photos of local families look at four and five generations of maternal lineage – from three-month old babies to great-great-grandmothers of 87.

‘Mother in the Mother’ is managed by local arts practitioner Pippa Robinson who has been running the project for the past two years.

She explains: “The show asks us to consider the role of mothers within society… It explores the strength of maternal bonds between the generations and the challenges these relationships may present.

“Women have participated in book and filmmaking workshops, public events and creative activities. Mums have also been posting their stories on our website.

“They take in themes from absent mothers and mending broken relationships to post-natal depression and being a young mother. It’s been a real joy to hear so many amazing stories about the reality of motherhood.”

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Workshop participant Chloe said: “It has taught me so much, I have discovered things about myself I hadn’t realised. I feel I understand and sympathise with my mother more. It’s also made me realise how much I love my children.”

The exhibition opens with a ‘Celebration of Motherhood’ event on Saturday 14 March at KWMC from 2-4.30pm. Mums are invited to take part in creative activities with holistic treatments on the day before Mothering Sunday.

The exhibition will run at KWMC from 14th March to 14th April. It will move to the new Brunel Building at Southmead Hospital on 8th May as part of the Fresh Arts programme.

For more information contact Pippa Robinson on 07917272501, email or visit