'Troubling the Maternal'

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


This two day international conference brought together artists and theorists to discuss the work of artist/mothers in art history and within contemporary visual practice. Louise Wallace was an invited panellist and her presentation of research was titled ‘Troubling the Maternal’.

Wallace discussed recent paintings which dealt with the experience of motherhood in Belfast during the 1970s and 1980s.

The research also explored the historical abrogation of reproduction rights in Northern Ireland. The keynote speakers were Mary Kelly, Bracha Ettinger and Faith Wilding.

The convenor was Griselda Pollock. The importance and impact of the conference was reported in The Guardian ‘culture professional network’ section in a piece titled ‘Motherhood is not a problem to be solved but a reality we must acknowledge’ (13th July 2015).
Period1 Jun 2015
Event titleMotherhood and Creative Practice
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • maternal
  • painting
  • ambivalence
  • motherhood
  • children