Xaverine M A Bates is a multi-disciplinary artist exploring themes of gender, mental health and eco-feminism. She completed her BA Fine Art at Brighton University in 2008 and has been practising since then in Hastings. She also has a degree in Philosophy & Anthropology, lived in Mexico for 2½ years and is married to an Icelander with whom she has one daughter.
She is currently coordinating The Mother Lode Project, which aims to extract the gold from challenging experiences of motherhood by giving opportunities for artists who are mothers to work with those who may be experiencing mental health difficulties as a result of motherhood. To be held at the De La Warr Pavilion in 2019.
She most recently collaborated with Clare Whistler to create elemental, an experiential exploration of the elements through movement, site-specific artworks and meditation. Other projects include riart Grrrls, a feminist arts collective, as well as aGender arts & education in 2013, a charity which works with young people to challenge gender stereotypes through creative media. She also runs one-off creative writing and art workshops – more details of these and other collaborative workshops can be found here.