MENTAL - The Motherload is an ongoing multi outcome arts project connecting, validating and empowering mothers as we dig into the experience of the 'mental load' of motherhood. Birthed in 2018 the project has involved hundreds of mothers of all ages and stages of motherhood across lutruwita / Tasmania, Australia and the world through workshops, online creative encounters, open rehearsals, live performances and short films.
The core artists behind MENTAL – The Motherload are
Julie Waddington, Carrie McLean, Bryony Geeves, Melissa King and Rebecca Thomson.
We are grateful for the support we have received from funding bodies, arts organisations and community partners over tthe last four years. We are also incredible grateful and humbled by the support from the hundreds of mothers who have engaged with us are various stages of the project, many who are repeat offenders and our biggest cheer squad!!! Thank you xxx
Stage Four (2021) was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts, made possible by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia and supported by Tasmanian Theatre Company and Junction Arts Festival.
Stage Three (2020) was rudely interrupted by COVID, assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts and supported by the Tasmanian Theatre Company.
Stage Two (2019) was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts, made possible by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia, and was supported by the City of Hobart and the Tasmanian Theatre Company.
Stage One (2018) was supported by by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund and the City of Hobart.
The project was also supported by attendance at the Performing Lines TAS Artist Residency at Tarraleah
Families Tasmania, ptunarra child & family centre & Derwent Valley Community House, Bucaan Community House - Chigwell, Okines Community House - Dodges Ferry, Ten Days on the Island, Women's Health Tasmania, South Hobart Arts Centre, all that we are, Playgroups Tasmania, Hobart Repertory Theatre and REACT Drama School.
We acknowledge all palawa pakana people, who have continuously practiced art and culture on this island for over fifty thousand years. Always was, always will be.