Over 300 people turned out for the national women and creative leadership conference, which took place yesterday at The Huyton Suite.
One hundred women in Knowsley had taken part in a project to develop their self portraits through attending a series of creative and wellbeing workshops. The portraits were showcased at the conference. As well as viewing the artwork, delegates also attended a range of workshops covering leadership styles as well as inspirational talks from women sharing their vision of creativity and leadership.
The artwork will now form part of a touring exhibition which will be displayed locally, nationally and internationally.
The women’s creative workshops encourage discussions and support around stress management, confidence building, addiction, creative writing and building friendships as well as artistic tuition and guidance.
The campaign has been evaluated and 90 of the 100 women rated the workshops ten out of ten with 89% of participants stating that the workshops had improved their wellbeing. Participants ranged from seven to 75 years.
One participant, Fiona, suffers with depression and rarely left the house. She said “The project has helped me to get out of the house, meet new friends, gain confidence and my once black and white world is now full of colour. I am proud to be part of such a fantastic project and I will be sharing the skills and knowledge I have learned through the process with others.”
The 100 women in Knowsley project has been commissioned by Knowsley Council and is being run by local artist and therapist Clare Campbell.
Clare added “I wanted to share with other women how powerful creativity has been in helping me in my own life. Picking up a paintbrush gave me a sense of belonging and confidence as well as a way of expressing myself - something I wanted to share this with others.
The feedback we have received through both the workshops and the conference has been fantastic and I feel privileged to have worked with such a group of talented and inspirational women in Knowsley.”
Pictured:– participants proudly display their self portraits