New Chatham art exhibition explores the experience of motherhood

The Thames Gallery is launching a new exhibition called Tether, which explores themes of visibility, memory and intimacy related to motherhood.

Tether focuses on the personal experiences of parents who made art in fields as diverse as sewing, filmmaking and photography. Each artist offers a unique maternal perspective on their own children with varying ages and abilities.

A statement from Chatham-Kent City Council said: “The art collection spans thirty years to the present day.”

The work of seven artists will be featured in the showcase – April Hickox, Natasha Lan, Jennifer Long, Kelly O’Brien, Theola Ross, Arpita Shah and Jessica Wohl.

The exhibition opens to the public on 6 April and will be on view at the Thames Gallery until 4 June.The gallery’s regular hours are 11am-4pm Wednesday-Sunday, with extended hours until 7pm on Thursday evenings

There will be an opening reception on Friday, free and open to the public. Many artists will be in attendance and available to talk. Refreshments are also available.All are welcome for a family friendly event starting at 7pm

If you’re interested in learning from one of the artists, Wohl is holding a ‘Visible Patching’ workshop at the Thames Art Gallery on Saturdays from 11am-1pm, advance registration required, places limited. Reservations can be made online.

“Take advantage of this opportunity to support your local arts scene and experience Chatham-Kent’s vibrant arts community,” reads a message of encouragement from the city.

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