The Start of Something: My Mother & Other Potato Peelers

My Mother & Other Potato Peelers

The Post Office Garden Workshop, 568 Woodborough Rd, Nottingham, NG3 5FH

Sunday 22nd July, 11am – 2pm

This is a FREE event but only 10 spaces are available and booking is essential. Book a place.

If you have any questions, please contact the organiser:


My Mother and Other Potato Peelers is the first of a series of conversational art events that brings together a small group of people to discuss aspects of the maternal while engaging in fun, thought-provoking and pertinent activities.

Mothers and maternal relationships concern everybody in a multitude of ways, both positive and negative. This event will build upon and open up existing dialogue around the subject, bringing together interested people to contribute and be part of an on-going narrative.

While engaging in the simple and familiar action of peeling potatoes (and other potato-themed activities), pertinent questions will encourage conversation. The mundane, yet evocative act of peeling potatoes has always had social and emotional significance. As an archetype of traditional, domestic, unpaid labour, this repetitive action embodies the unglamorous, invisible and time-consuming work undertaken primarily by women, and mothers in particular. The workshop will allow participants to engage in this levelling and almost meditative activity, at the same time sharing their memories as a group and reconnecting with past experiences.

This free event is open to any adult (regardless of gender) who has a general interest in the subject of ‘mothers’, and would be willing to participate in some less conventional workshop activities. Artistic experience is not a necessity, and we will create a relaxed, unchallenging and enjoyable environment that will respect individual privacy. It will be led by Tracey Kershaw and Anna Dixon, both experienced artists and workshop leaders, and will be held in The Post Office Garden workshop, a cosy converted brick building not far from the centre of Nottingham (which comes complete with log burner and garden view).

Coffee and tea will be available, as well as a selection of light, vegan (potato-related) refreshments.

** This adult-only event will not function as a therapeutic intervention, and is intended solely as a time during which participants can celebrate, sympathise, and share their stories with others, while participating in an activity aimed at provoking dialogue.


My Mother & Other Potato Peelers is supported by CVAN East Midlands and The Start of Something.

The Start of Something is a project which, through conversation, seeks to bring people in the East Midlands together to explore a common goal, share experience and work collaboratively, ultimately to make things happen. Proposals for new conversations are invited at any time and CVAN EM will consider how it might support a conversation to take place to benefit the widest community and make the greatest difference within the region. Let us know if you would like to propose a topic.

Find out more about The Start of Something and the conversations that we have supported to date.