100 teenage girls from across Knowsley launch international art project

Published on: Tuesday, 15-July-2014

Young women from Knowsley are set to unite this month as part of an inspirational and innovative art project.

Big Love Little Sista will see one hundred young women participants from diverse groups including; children looked after, vulnerable and at risk groups and young leaders.  Together they will be addressing issues creatively over eight weeks including; wellbeing, mental distress, sexual health and preventative work around domestic violence.

The programme follows the success of the 100 women in Knowsley project which that took place in Knowsley earlier this year and will be delivered by Knowsley Youth Mutual, the newly launched staff and young people led Community Benefit Society. The programme is supported by Knowsley Council (including Public Health), LUSH, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Merseyside Police, Red Ninga, NWRUWU and Pink Media.

Creative Therapist and Founder of Big Love Sista, Clare Campbell said: “We were overwhelmed by the reaction and impact that our last event had and it just made perfect sense to do it all again but this time to involve younger women. Women from the original project said over and again how they wished this had been available when they were young and it would have saved them from lots of heartache and depression so that was a challenge we couldn't resist.”

Chief Executive of Knowsley Youth Mutual, Sandra Richardson said: “The main aim is to celebrate the lives of strong and inspirational young women who have incredible stories to tell. Girls will be encouraged to celebrate sisterhood, which will help them to form new diverse friendships and boost confidence, grow aspirations as well as their self-esteem.”

Clare and Knowsley Youth Mutual will host a variety of ‘arts in health’ activities including girls goddess circles and wilderness retreat days, dream boat trips, warrior art and creating 6 foot self portraits.

Those taking part will get a real chance to have their voice heard and will also have the opportunity to share their dreams amongst a mass audience including MPs and policy makers.

The programme will conclude with the girls holding their very own National Big Love Little Sista Festival and a lasting legacy of touring art exhibitions, inspiring roadshows, resources, books and Sista Stories affirmation cards which will travel everywhere, including internationally.

Robyn Dooley, Knowsley Member of Youth Parliament and a member of the young leaders group added: “This is such a fantastic opportunity for young women in Knowsley to participate in a festival to celebrate themselves.  It will take place on October 28th at The Venue, Huyton and will be packed with creative wellbeing, workshops and real stories that will make a difference.”

The Big Love Little Sista Festival will take place on Tuesday, October 28 between 10am-4pm at The Venue (formerly Huyton Suite).

Early bird tickets are priced at £45 and tickets bought after August, 19 will be priced at £70.

For more information visit www.biglovesista.com