Ever decreasing circles

11.43am (home working on the table in the front room)

Drunk too much coffee over a chat about life, work, being a mother, and our shared anxieties. Its good to talk. Its hard sometimes to just decide to pause and connect and relate. To take time aside for simple socialising. Mothers/workers/artists timetables are always brimming with to do.

I am not getting beyond paper work and writing this term, and I am not just talking about my own paper work. I dug out six forms to complete to send to Naoise school this morning. There is so much bureaucracy involved in simply keeping up with the basics of organising a child’s life, nasal flu sprays, parents evening slip, theatre trip slip, workshops for parents to volunteer in school slip, music lesson form, school book bag to buy, cans for the food bank, and on and on. It is endless and this is just for one of my children. Thankfully Syd is growing more and more independent and is needing my personal assistant and taxi service’s less and less. 

I am looking forward to the  2020 + Art, Society & Public Health conference tomorrow organised by Clive Parkinson of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University. I would have loved to have been presenting at the conference but discovered the call out after the deadline had long passed. I am happy to be attending. It is just as important to listen as it is to speak. I am looking forward to some of the networking opportunities and the opportunity to consider positively my work as an artist and how to realise some of the arts and health projects that I have been formulating.

I am also due this week to attend to the Parenting and Mental Health conference in Halifax organised by Healthy Minds, where I will participate and set up an information stall about my work and this project.

Such a busy week, there will be no space for making art other than writing this blog. This will have to be enough.

Research

Early parenthood and mental health:

Mother and baby fell to deaths ‘before hospital reported them missing’ Steven Morris, The Guardian, Wednesday 30th September

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