Exhibitions / Talks and Readings / Vis Art / 12 May - 12 June 2022

Mother State: on Housing – Watch Back

Show Time: 79mins

Mothering is a spatial practice: housing is everything. Where does mothering happen? Where is mothering safe? Under which conditions can it be pleasurable? What might we learn from the rich history of such care that took place outside the traditional four walls of the traditional family unit? In this talk, Helen Charman will share some of her research into mothering and alternative housing practices in Britain and the north of Ireland in the 1970s and 80s.


Watch back the recording of this event which took place 10 May – available until Sunday 12 June:



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Helen Charman is a writer and academic based in Glasgow. Her first book, Mother State— a political history of motherhood — is forthcoming from Allen Lane. Her latest poetry pamphlet, In the Pleasure Dairy, was published by Sad Press in 2020. She teaches in the English Studies department at Durham University.


Project Arts Centre is proud to be supported by the Arts Council Ireland and Dublin City Council.

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