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 East Sussex. She is currently in the process of training to become a psychodynamic psychotherapist.
In 2019, she conceived and coordinated The Mother Lode Project, a creative peer support programme which aimed to extract the gold from difficult experiences of motherhood through creative writing and photography workshops for mothers with mental health issues by working with professional artist-mothers with lived experience of the same issues. This resulted in a podcast about the intersection of motherhood, mental health and creativity and publication of the participants’ work. It was run in partnership with Recovery Partners at the De La Warr Pavilion, funded by Arts Council England, Mind, East Sussex Arts Partnership and Magdalen & Lasher Charity.
She has collaborated with other artists, including Clare Whistler to create elemental, an experiential exploration of the elements through movement, site-specific artworks and meditation. Other projects include aGender arts & education in 2013, a charity which works with young people to challenge gender stereotypes through creative media and riart Grrrls, a feminist arts collective. She also runs creative writing and art workshops – more details of these and other collaborative workshops can be found here.