The Showroom

Andrea Franke: Invisible Spaces of Parenthood


Andrea Francke: Invisible spaces of parenthood: A collection of pragmatic propositions for a better future is a project that explores issues surrounding childcare in collaboration with local nurseries, childminders, children's centres and parent groups, looking for new models and possibilities.

During (in)visibilities (26 June – 28 July 2012) Andrea Francke set up a workshop in The Showroom for visitors and workshop participants to test out DIY designs for furniture and play, some of which were gathered through an open call. These ideas feed into a manual which was published in September 2012.

This project was commissioned as part of Communal Knowledge which is is generously supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, John Lyon’s Charity, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Arts Council England, Westminster Cultural Olympiad supported by Westminster City Council, BNP Paribas and Vital Regeneration, The Showroom Supporters Scheme, and Outset as The Showroom’s Production Partner 2012.

(in)visibilities was produced in the framework of COHAB, a two-year project with Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht and Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, supported by a Cooperation Measures grant from the European Commission Culture Programme (2007-2013)

Collaborators: Portman Family Centre, Church Street Nursery, Room to Play, Luton Street Nursery, Abeona Nursery, Blue Firth, Christian Nyampeta, Beto Shwafaty, Jillian Greenberg, Hato Press, Jackson Lam, Hato Press.

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    Publication Invisible Spaces of Parenthood: A collection of pragmatic propositions for a better future

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    Exhibition Andrea Francke and Annette Krauss: (in)visibilities

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    Event Final discussion: Invisible Spaces of Parenthood

  4. Event Workshop: Cardboard shape toys

  5. Event Discussion: How to support the artist/mother/father?

  6. Event Workshop: A fuzzy history of the British imagination

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    Text Andrea Francke: Invisible Spaces of Parenthood

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    Event Workshop: Survival Strategies for Cultural Workers

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    Event Spaces of Equality #1: Discussion