A support worker and a resident from Rodney Street, a Great Places supported housing project for vulnerable young women, have had their self-portraits exhibited in the Tate art gallery, Liverpool, as part of an inspirational new exhibition.
Great Places employee Izzy Quinn and resident Kimberley Green are part of a pioneering art project called '100 Women Create - Making an Exhibition of Ourselves'. The paintings were displayed alongside heart-warming tales of struggle, sacrifice, achievement and ultimate success.
The project is the brainchild of Liverpool artist Clare Campbell, who painted her way out of depression and anxiety and wants to share the benefits that art can bring. She explains: “The women I work with produce amazing art - seeing themselves as powerful warriors, goddesses and queens – and the experience on canvas gives them courage to change their lives in many ways. I think it’s important for women who have been squashed by life to be given space to shine in a public arena.”
Watching Kim blossom throughout her involvement in the project has been amazing. I feel doubly privileged to have actually taken part in the 100 Women Create project and witness the transformation of Rodney Street residents on their personal journeys.
Kim’s support worker Izzy
It was certainly a positive experience for the Rodney Street women. Kim, 25, discussed her experiences on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and even performed a song that she wrote at the private viewing. "I now believe that I can do anything if I put my mind to it,” she said. “My portrait is a warrior that believes in herself and shows a lot of energy and courage. Being involved in the Tate exhibition has changed my life as I now have more confidence to progress and achieve my ambitions. I’ll continue painting as it helps me to express myself and my emotions, and I am very grateful for the opportunity.”
Kim’s support worker Izzy added: “Watching Kim blossom throughout her involvement in the project has been amazing. I feel doubly privileged to have actually taken part in the 100 Women Create project and witness the transformation of Rodney Street residents on their personal journeys of growth.”
The exhibition was a huge success in Liverpool, and is now going global – it’s hitting the Vienna Women’s Conference later this summer and plans are currently in progress to take it even further afield.