The Showroom

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


Andrea Francke


This manual is a result of Andrea Francke's Communal Knowledge project, which explored issues surrounding childcare in collaboration with local nurseries, childminders, children's centres and parent groups, and looked for new models and possibilities. Francke set-up an exhibition and workshop space at The Showroom in summer 2012, for visitors to test out DIY designs for furniture and forms of play, some of which were gathered through an open call.

The publication contains eight especially commissioned essays as well as interviews, event excerpts, discussions and documentation from the exhibition.

Design by Hato Press


All print editions of Invisible Spaces of Parenthood are now sold out - it is available as a free download here

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    Exhibition Andrea Francke and Annette Krauss: (in)visibilities

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    Event Final discussion: Invisible Spaces of Parenthood

  3. Event Workshop: Cardboard shape toys

  4. Event Workshop: Productive Resistances – Gambiarras, Social Urgencies and Self-Expression

  5. Event Workshop: Justice for Domestic Workers

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

  7. 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