An art exhibition created by young women to articulate their lived experience.
Artist Sophie Mahon has been working with a group of young women to develop an art exhibition that will tour across the Merseyside region from December 2021.
The group, who range in age from 15-25 have been working with Sophie over the last year. Together with Sophie they have been developing their experience in different artforms including film, photography, poetry, sculpture, and installation. Through these creative mediums the group have explored issues that are important to them and have supported one another to develop their creativity.
As part of their learning, the group have visited exhibitions in Leeds and London including The Tetley, Tate Modern and Wellcome Collection. These visits, alongside working with Sophie to create their own art works, have built their knowledge and understanding of curatorial and artistic processes.
This project has been commissioned by Heart of Glass with support by Paul Hamlyn Foundation as part of the Young Hearts Programme exploring young women’s voice and experiences living and growing up in St Helens.
Following many changes, shifts and turns due to covid this project finally began to take shape and build momentum in summer 2021.
The direction and themes of the regular sessions have been developed in response to the topics, themes and issues that are important to the group and the processes and activities have been shaped by the group member’s interests and feedback.
This will result in the creation of collaborative artwork(s) inspired by the interests of the group that will be presented back to the town as part of a co-created exhibition in December 2021 (see below). The exhibition will feature and celebrate the artwork created by the group along with a series of specially selected artworks chosen by the group.
The works will then go on to tour to schools, colleges and venues across the Liverpool City Region with the aim of shining a light on the experiences and views of the young women from St Helens and open up a broader discussion and dialogue with other young women across the region around the issues and themes that are important to this group.
This project has been commissioned by Heart of Glass with support by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The Young Hearts programme is about creating a safe and welcoming space for young women to learn together, share their stories, and to develop their creativity.