The Gathering Series 3, Episode 4 – Lancashire Arts Exchange Special: In conversation with Krissi Musiol

Series 3 of The Gathering, a podcast for artists and creatives from Arts Lancashire, continues.

This series is all about exploration, and features recorded conversations led by Lancashire based artists discussing themes and ideas that are important to their practice and the future of their work.

This is one of two episodes commissioned especially for the Lancashire Arts Exchange 2021 and features a conversation, Krissi Musiol, a theatre-maker based in Preston and Manchester.

Krissi’s current work explores motherhood, the maternal body as archive and labour, both in terms of birth and work. Her audio walk, Carried, featured as part of the Lancashire Arts Exchange Augmented Creativity programme.

A transcript of this episode will be available soon here

Links mentioned in this episode:

Krissi Musiol

Arts Lancashire

Dr Lena Simic & Dr Emily Underwood-Lee

Manifesto for Maternal Performance Art

Nicki Hobday

Toni-Dee Paul ‘Doze’ Rest as Resistance

Two Destination Language Field Residency


Klaire Doyle

Georgianna Cardoso

Mothers Who Make

Clare Qualman

Deirdre Heddon & Cathy Turner

The Birley Art Gallery

‘Haphazard’ Live Art for the curious of all ages

BonteHond Theatre



In this episode, Krissi talks to Alex O’Toole about Maternal Matters, her ongoing body of work, and what the impact of becoming a mother has been on her creative practice.

She speaks about children as collaborators, the impact of play on creativity and the need to carve out dedicated time for your practice alongside caring responsibilities.

She talks about taking control over your own practice, how the acceptance and shift to online has opened up opportunities for artist parents and the notion of social media as stage.

We have a conversation about networks, both the value of parent friendly artist networks and the importance of finding new networks in different creative disciplines to open up your practice.

And we discuss what venues and programmers could do to make parents more comfortable to bring their children to see theatre and art.