It was great to be at the launch of Fertility Fest 2018 this morning, the fertility arts festival organised by Jessica Hepburn and Gabby Vautier-Farr. We were treated to inspiring words from Jessica and Gabby and an exciting extract of the sort of thing we can expect to enjoy during the festival. You can see the line-up for this year’s festival on the website – www.fertilityfest.com and you can buy tickets now too. I’m already really excited about this year’s festival – there are some amazing artists and expert and fascinating discussions. Make sure you get a ticket before they all sell out – and I hope to see you there!
If you haven’t seen it already, you may be interested in this article from The Guardian about award-winning artist Tabitha Moses, who currently has an exhibition about her experiences of fertility treatment at Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery. Tabitha had two unsuccessful attempts at IVF before finally getting pregnant using eggs from a donor, and now has a young daughter. Her exhibition, which is titled Investment, uses white gowns like the hospital gowns you wear for egg collection and she has embroidered them with images that symbolise her own experiences of fertility treatment. She worked with two other women and features the images of their experiences on other gowns.
The embroidered gowns are beautiful and will resonate with anyone who has personal experience of fertility problems and treatment. Tabitha’s exhibition has now been extended through to the spring, so there is plenty of time to catch it if you are in Liverpool over the next few months!