MaMoMi Initiative is a non-profit social enterprise. Working with and alongside visually impaired creatives for nearly a decade, our mission is to enhance the experiences and expand the possibilities available to visually impaired and deafblind artists and audiences.
MaMoMi Initiative was founded by Andrew Mashigo, and the team currently comprises Lynn Cox, a blind artist, and Disability Awareness trainer and consultant, as Director, and James Hallam, a visually impaired IT professional, and Zara Jayne, a storyteller, and actor, as our non-executive Directors. We also have a strong team of collaborating professionals, with skills ranging from printmakers, wellness coaches, accessibility consultants to storytellers, braille artists, and disability art consultants.
Everyone has found the pandemic very difficult, but the impact is ever so much worse for people with disabilities. But what has been so refreshing and encouraging to observe is that this group of artists and creatives have decided not to allow covid19 to be any excuse rather, it has been a moment to spur renewed energy, drive, and commitment to be as effective and creative as is possible, regardless!
In these unprecedented times, artists have found new ways to work, they are stronger, resilient, and more resolute, and the response with their creative practice is what this exhibition hopes to showcase.
Since April 2020, we met with artists, weekly, first as a point of contact so no one felt isolated, but then as an extension, we began to share ideas about our practice and through this, developed some new, innovative, and refreshing ways of creating new work. Within the group, we have tackled immense logistical issues like increased difficulty in accessing materials, working within the confines stipulated by the impact of the pandemic, having to work isolated from the usual sensory stimulation many take for granted, but also facing these problems together as a community.
"This is a wonderful project! Much success to all of the artists. I hope you can tour the exhibition one day and come to Hamburg!" - Noemie
"I continue to be amazed that visually impaired artists can produce and work in visual media. I hope you reach your target and can carry on working together." - Jenni
"Good luck guys! This sounds great and is really important work. Would love to tour the exhibition up to Birmingham next year!" - Steph and the Sense Arts team
Exhibition Venue And Dates:
Please note the new venue:
[email protected], Bargehouse Street.
New dates: 10th to 14th of November.
Our vision is to show a new body of works and performances by artists, and collaborators, in a 2-week hybrid event.
The first week is a live exhibition in [email protected] from 10th to 14th of November, and the second week will be an online event, from 15th to 19th of November, comprising workshops, presentations, artist talks, and masterclass sessions, where we will reach an even wider and broader audience base through a series of the very engaging creative online session.
Crowdfunding Campaign Round 2:
This round of our crowdfunding campaign aims to raise £3,000. This campaign is about opening up the artist's practice so our audiences can engage closely with the artist's, to better understand their artistic processes and some of their inspirations. With your contributions, this will be your opportunity to make new work with the artist of your choice.
MaMoMi Initiative CIC
91DIVOC Exhibition Objectives:
The 91DIVOC 2021 Exhibition retains its 4 key objectives;
1. Transport the wide range of artworks by our artists, many of whom are not London-based.
2. Provide accessible formats for all the artworks we will show, and create Interpretation for any disabled visitors in our audience. These include providing braille, large print, raised images, assisting with captions in their videos, and BSL.
3. Empower the artists by creating a resource base and repository, both digitally and paper-based.
4. Create a legacy for future VI and other disabled artists and creative practitioners, and enable future collaborations, with and beyond MaMoMi.