De moeders van Klarenbeek

Birthe Leemeijer


Sunday 14 May 2023
11 am – 12:30 pm
Vleeshal (Map)

Free Entrance

This Mother's Day, Vleeshal is organising a special programme which is dedicated to art and motherhood.

For the ongoing project De moeders van Klarenbeek by Birthe Leemeijer, which was specially developed in 2010 for the Middelburg Kunst in de wijk project, everyone who becomes a mother in the Klarenbeek neighbourhood gets to plant a fruit tree in her garden. All participants receive a tile next to their front door showing their contribution to this growing fruit garden. Vleeshal will again provide fruit trees for the project this year.

While enjoying something sweet, we unveil several portraits of participants. This spring photographer Gunnar Meier captured the participants who planted new life in their gardens. Leemeijer will talk more about the project and her practice, and discuss motherhood in art with director Roos Gortzak.

Vleeshal is freely accessible all day on Mother's Day and everyone is welcome to attend this special moment. The walk-in is from 13.00 with coffee and something sweet. At 13.15 the conversation between Roos Gortzak and Birthe Leemeijer will start and the portraits will be presented. Afterwards, there will be a guided tour of Emma Jääskeläinen's solo exhibition Slo Mo Mother, which thematically ties in nicely with this day dedicated to mothers.

Do you live in Klarenbeek and have you just become a mother or are you expecting a baby? Then you are cordially invited to join Birthe Leemeijer's art project De moeders van Klarenbeek (The Mothers of Klarenbeek). Since 2010, mothers from Klarenbeek can receive a fruit tree when a new child is born and plant it in their garden. This way, Klarenbeek grows into a flourishing fruit garden.

Would you like to participate? And plant a fruit tree that grows with your child?
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Vleeshal is an internationally oriented center for contemporary art, rooted in Zeeland. In Zeeland Focus, Vleeshal highlights regional artists, takes part in and celebrates local contemporary art and culture.