‘A Safe Place’ for International Women’s Day

International Women's Day WorkshopsArts Alive Wales have been working closely with Penny Hallas, Head of Arts Therapies, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, to provide creative activities for adults with learning disabilties in 2012 and were awarded funding from the Welsh Government to run art workshops for women with learning disabilties to mark International Women’s Day.

We held free arts events on 21st February and 6th March 2012 in our studio in Crickhowell to celebrate International Women’s Day.  Artist Morag Colquhoun ran the workshops.

 

Who came?
The art workshops were for women with learning disabilities. There were 4 workshops, and space for about 8 women to come to each one. The workshops were for people of all abilities.

Why did they happen?
They were part of celebrations for International Women’s Day, which happens every year on the 8th March. In 2012 International Women’s day in Wales was all about working together to stop violence towards women.

‘It was good (being all women) ‘cos I could get my feelings out’

What did we do?
At the workshops we used art to:

  • Celebrate being women together
  • Talk about things that we like about being women and the things that we don’t
  • Think about ‘A safe place’
  • Have our say about what it means to feel safe and respected

‘I’m here to draw what I’m happy about and what I’m sad about’

‘We did talking and doing drawing loads and loads of stuff and cut them out’

‘(My drawings are about) things I like at the moment’

Exhibition of what we made together
Using the work that was made in the workshops we have made an exhibition at Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny for 8th March 2012, International Women’s Day. Participants from the workshops can bring friends and family to see their work and it is currently on display to the general public. This has given the participants the opportunity to show a large audience what makes them feel safe and what is important to them as women.

Who ran the workshops?
Arts Alive and the Arts Therapies Service planned them together and asked Morag Colquhoun to plan and run the activities. We also talked to People First groups.  They are linked to People First and Gwent Police’s work on stopping Disability Hate Crime.

For information about the project email justine@artsalivewales.org.ukmadeleinegilliam@gmail.com or penny.hallas@wales.nhs.uk

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