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Procreate Project aims to support pregnant arts workers

The Procreate Project's first production, Foetus, ran at London's Rich Mix earlier this year The Procreate Project's first production, Foetus, ran at London's Rich Mix earlier this year. Photo: Jonathon Vines Photography
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Pregnant performers are the focus of a new initiative that aims to boost their profile and give them a platform to share ideas. The Procreate Project has been developed by Dyana Gravina, who said she wanted the initiative to prove that being pregnant is not an obstacle to working in the creative sector.

Through the project, she aims to bring pregnant artists and mothers within the arts together to collaborate. Procreate will also give them advice and support in mounting new productions. The first production through the project, called Foetus, ran earlier this year at Rich Mix in London.

In addition, the long-term aim of the company is to provide a space where mothers and pregnant artists can work to develop ideas and display work. A creche is also planned as part of this, making it easier for performers with children to work.

Gravina, who has a background in performing arts, told The Stage: “I wanted to create something that testifies that being pregnant is dynamic rather than static, as most people view it.”

She added: “My own experience of giving birth and being a mother was fulfilling and positive. I hope my organisation will function as a point of reference for all mother-artists, whatever they are looking for, whether that is a source of information, or practical support, or financial help to develop projects and create ideas.”

Gravina said her aim was to seek external funding, both private and public, for the organisation, but that productions staged through the organisation would also generate income that could be put back into other performances.

According to Procreate’s manifesto, it wants to “raise awareness of the positive impact being a mother can bring for the mothers and their collaborators”.

It adds that it seeks to “create more spaces for women in the contemporary art work and facilitate the realisation of new mother-artists’ work”.

Procreate will work with other initiatives, such as the recently launched Parents in Performing Arts, to “move the conversation on”.

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