Fertility in art

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!

Creative fertility workshops in Liverpool

If you’re based near Liverpool, you may already know about the exhibition of work by award-winning artist Tabitha Moses at the Walker Art Gallery called Investment, which is her response to her experiences of fertility problems and IVF. Working closely with other women undergoing IVF, Tabitha explores their hopes and fears in a series of hand-embroidered hospital gowns with photographic portraits by Jon Barraclough.

Tabitha is also running some really interesting workshops called the Fertile Minds Creative Workshops for people with experience of assisted conception along with Rebecca Sharp. They will lead creative play using poetry and visual art techniques to explore participants’ experiences of assisted reproduction. No previous art or writing experience necessary.

Rebecca is a writer, artist and educator whose work in poetry, performance and prose can be seen through a series of acclaimed projects incorporating visual art, film, music and sound art. She has worked with a variety of community groups to explore identity, boundaries and the power of words, often in collaboration with other artists. She is based in Fife and works nationally and internationally. Rebecca was artist-in-residence with Metal in 2009-2010 and lived in Liverpool for ten years.

Tabitha Moses makes work about people; she likes to tell the stories of the overlooked and aims to do it with sensitivity and eloquence. She enjoys exploring art, crafts, cooking and gardening with people of all ages,. Tabitha has worked with residencies and galleries in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Poland, Greece and across the UK. She lives in Liverpool with her husband, daughter and two cats.

The remaining sessions are 11.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday 15 November and Saturday 6 December. All sessions are free and will include lunch and refreshments. Venue: Metal, Edge Hill Station, for more information call (0151) 7097 2277 or email edgehill@metalculture.com. To book click here: tabithamosesinvestment.eventbrite.co.uk