Under the umbrella of the Procreate Project, Oxytocin is an interdisciplinary event about mothers and carers that uniquely combines a bold programme of performances and live art with discussion panels and workshops.
It creates a platform for critical art practices, maternal and feminist theories and health services.
Oxytocin contributes to the artistic development of ground-breaking and under-represented practitioners in the UK, creates a platform for the commission of new works and raise the profile of contemporary artists, give them representation and encourage their personal and public radical expression while developing new contexts, dialogues, and audiences.
Oxytocin 2023 aims are to create an Arts, Health & community-driven project to evaluate the effectiveness of LGBTQIA+, Black and Brown and disabled patients’ care, and the cultural sensitivity of primary care providers, administrators and staff in maternity services as well as within interdisciplinary contexts. Themes explored through performance works and discussions will include challenges facing disabled people becoming parents, gender and reproductive politics and identities, racism and discrimination.
For the next edition, the platform scale to a week festival bringing together across-sector collaborators and deliver a diverse performance programme and arts, health and community-driven talks and workshops. The curatorial theme will analyse new practices for 'Colelctive', affirming birth and postnatal care for under-represented communities.