Arty mums group in Portsmouth puts on its first exhibition

From left, Sadie Tierney with her daughters Betsy Layton, two, and Erica Layton, six, Charlotte Brisland, 36, and her daughter Sophia Manss, six, Penny Davis, 37, and Kate Street with her nine-month old daughter Irma Street-Kerridge. Below, Penny Davis and Charlotte Brisland looking at Charlotte's work titled Black and White Block. Pictures: Priya Mistry

From left, Sadie Tierney with her daughters Betsy Layton, two, and Erica Layton, six, Charlotte Brisland, 36, and her daughter Sophia Manss, six, Penny Davis, 37, and Kate Street with her nine-month old daughter Irma Street-Kerridge. Below, Penny Davis and Charlotte Brisland looking at Charlotte's work titled Black and White Block. Pictures: Priya Mistry

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FOUR artists who are also mums have come together to bridge the gap between the two.

Mamart has been formed by Portsmouth mums Sadie Tierney, Charlotte Brisland, 36, Penny Davis, 37, and Kate Street, 36.

All are professional artists but found that once they became parents, it was difficult to work as well as be a mother.

Penny, from Baffins, said: ‘Becoming a mother means you can become restricted as an artist.

‘You have to think about school runs, you can’t make trips to London, you can’t just go abroad for your work, and so we are trying to bring the two things closer.’

The group’s first exhibition, which opened last night at the Make and Craft Kitchen, in Cornwall Road, Fratton, was based on the colour pink and its association with femininity.

The exhibition is called Pink is a Problem and centred around a talk from author and critic Dr Emma Barker.

Yesterday evening Dr Barker talked about the colour pink and its negative connection to the female within the context of art.

Charlotte, who lives in Southsea, said: ‘When Dr Barker delivered this talk at The National Gallery, in London, and people paid £25 a ticket.

‘We were very fortunate to have her here with us, and our children, who decided collectively to upset and run around.

‘But for us it was a success as that’s what we want to do, enjoy being artists and parents.

‘The work on display were from both male and female artists and explored the different uses of the colour pink.’

Mamart plans to open more pop-up exhibitions and plan for the next show to be a fundraiser.

Charlotte added: ‘We would like to hold our next exhibition on an historic boat, but we want to keep it free.

‘We want it to be a fundraiser for Children in Need or a women’s refuge charity.’

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