Blackberries and Babies

Mother and Child, Public Art, Relationships

September started with sunshine and bountiful blackberry pickings. Whilst I was stood pulling berries of the branches, my hands were turning a deep purple from the juice and scratched from the prickly thorns, I likened the process to motherhood. Once you start you can’t stop, it’s a little painful and discomforting in the process but when the berries are plump and ready for the pick the fruits of the labour is well worth the effort.

With my youngest recently turning four and starting full-time school. I no longer have babies at home during the week. Their dependency on me is less and they are starting to face the world. I had a tinge of ‘have I done enough’ as I got him ready for his first day and I heard other mother’s discussing the same. I wondered why in this society we question whether we have done enough and feel guilt for not doing.  In fact, my son came back after his first day and said “Mama lets snuggle because you haven’t seen me for a while”. This week will probably be the first time I have been apart from my children more than I have been with. I have spent the last 7 years in the role of ‘Mother’ and maybe there are things I could have done better or differently or done more of but I certainly couldn’t have spent any more time with them. For a while I thought this was a privilege, and in many ways it has been but it was primarily a choice which came with its own set of sacrifices.

Mother nd child lister

'Mother and Child' inLister Park, Bradford

This ‘Mother and Child’ piece is one of three sculptures in Art in the Park in Bradford. When we went to visit, my youngest sat cross-legged next to the child in a direct representation of the position. In many of my husband’s ‘Mother and Child’ pieces there is some kind of balancing act going on between the Mother and the Child, they are connected physically. In this the positioning of the child separated from the Mother and facing away is symbolic of the stage I am in at the moment. The Mother here is however curled around baby, still in an attempt to protect. Like the blackberry bush, a little unwilling to let go of the berries but when she does, marvelous things can happen. With our pickings I may add, we have made, crumble, pie, blackberry lemonade and smoothies! Nb. No babies were harmed in the process!

The evolution of ‘Evolution’.

Exhibitions, Galleries, Public Art

It has been a welcome break to be offline and unplugged for a month. However in today’s world I am not sure how possible it is to keep that up. We have evolved into an online society. So much  has been happening in the ‘Sculptural World’ I am not sure I can catch up with what has past. So will have to run with real-time and tell you what is happening today and coming up this month. In all things Yorkshire, we have two solo exhibitions happening locally.

This evening we open at Damside Mill ‘Evolution’ an exhibition about the journey of work over the last 14 years. An interesting collection of work from the bronze beginnings to the recent modern minimalism. Join us tonight for the preview:


At the same time ‘Evolution’ the sculpture has moved from its first location outside ‘The Royal British Sculpture Society’ and now stands proudly in Lister Park awaiting the accompaniment of two other larger piece for ‘Art in the Park’. We are also getting ready for the exhibition  ‘Only Human’ at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery which opens on August 13th and runs until February 2015. It seems serendipitous that I have been visiting this place since I was 10, worked there and last year our eldest son learnt to ride his bike in this exact spot. As a family we have been on a journey through this creative space. Would highly recommend a visit.

'Evolution' in Lister Park, Bradford

‘Evolution’ in Lister Park, Bradford