Unwritten Handbook: Invisible Spaces of Parenthood

Invisible Spaces of Parenthood

Sackler Centre for Education

24 Oct 2015 - 3:00 PM

Unwritten Handbook: Invisible Spaces of Parenthood

This Artist Talk highlighted Andrea Francke and Kim Dhillon’s research into parenthood, childcare and Early Years Education through their collaborative open-research platform, Invisible Spaces of Parenthood.

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Andrea Francke and Kim Dhillon of Invisible Spaces of Parenthood discussed their collaborative practice following on from their Changing Play residency at the Portman Early Childhood Centre. Influenced by the DIY culture of the Sixties and Seventies, Invisible Spaces of Parenthood takes Second Wave Feminist thought as a frame of reference to question the political, pedagogical, social and economic structures around parenting today.  

Beginning in Autumn 2014, Andrea and Kim undertook a residency at the Portman Early Childhood Centre, Westminster, as part of The Serpentine Galleries Changing Play programme. Inspired by the pedagogy of early years pioneer Friedrich Froebel and his influence on the Bauhaus movement, they worked with children, parents, carers and staff using Froebel’s ‘Gifts and Occupations’ as an open-ended, non-gendered and inexpensive resource to support intergenerational play. Andrea and Kim are in the process of producing Shapes; a kit for play based on a reworking of Froebel’s 7th Gift.    

Unwritten Handbook is a seasonal series of conversations with artists commissioned through Education and Projects at the Serpentine Galleries.

Changing Play is the Serpentine Galleries three year project exploring aspects of play through long-term engagement with children aged 0-5, their families and the people who work with them.

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Invisible Spaces of Parenthood

Unwritten Handbook: Invisible Spaces of Parenthood

Tuesday, 9th February 2016
The Nursery - Chelsea College of Art and Design, 2010

The Nursery - Chelsea College of Art and Design

Andrea Francke

2010
The Nursery

Image courtesy Chelsea College of Art and Design

Mark Blower - CP - 12

Mark Blower - CP - 12

2015
Our Play Our Party Our Work! Serpentine Galleries July 2015, Invisible Spaces of Parenthood, Joceline Howe and Nefeli Skarmea, photos by Mark Blower
The Nursery - Arts Against Cuts, Camberwell, 2011

The Nursery - Arts Against Cuts, Camberwell

Andrea Francke

2011
The Nursery
Invisible Spaces of Parenthood: A Collection of Pragmatic Proposals for a Better Future

Invisible Spaces of Parenthood: A Collection of Pragmatic Proposals for a Better Future

Andrea Francke

Invisible Spaces of Parenthood: A Collection of Pragmatic Proposals for a Better Future

2012

Image courtesy The Showroom, London

Mark Blower - CP - 03

Mark Blower - CP - 03

2015
Our Play Our Party Our Work! Serpentine Galleries July 2015, Invisible Spaces of Parenthood, Joceline Howe and Nefeli Skarmea, photos by Mark Blower
Invisible Spaces of Parenthood Manual, Edited by Andrea Francke

Invisible Spaces of Parenthood Manual, Edited by Andrea Francke

Andrea Francke

2012

Image courtesy The Showroom, London

Invisible Spaces of Parenthood Childhood Setting, 2013

Invisible Spaces of Parenthood Childhood Setting

Andrea Francke

The Grand Domestic Revolution Goes On!

2013

Image courtesy CCA, Londonderry

Invisible Spaces of Parenthood Creche Course, 2014

Invisible Spaces of Parenthood Creche Course

Andrea Francke

2014
Creche Course

Image courtesy The Showroom, London