Friday 12 November – Friday 3 December (Open Tuesday – Saturday) | 10am-5pm
Venue: St George
Part of the ‘Look’ exhibition.
This work by the Disabled Women’s Arts Project captures and preserves the history of D/deaf and disabled women in Merseyside for future generations.
It explores the social history of this group of women, whose experiences have been largely missing from the records and archives. The life stories and experiences of 25 Merseyside D/deaf or disabled women have now been recorded using sound and film, supported by personal photographs and documents.
Artist Jane Forster worked with another three women with learning difficulties to capture their stories, using art as a more accessible medium, culminating in a beautiful artwork, The Memory Tree.
The interviewees range in age from early twenties to early seventies, providing a fascinating insight into how the experience of living as a D/deaf or disabled woman in Merseyside has changed, or not, over the last 70 years.
The stories reveal universal themes of friendship, families, work and education but also experiences that are unique to D/deaf and disabled women: segregation and separation, identity, the health and social care system, discrimination, Deaf community and political activism/disability culture. These are stories of everyday struggles, of celebration and resilience.
Project Partners: Liverpool Libraries, National Museums Liverpool and the Bluecoat.
Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.
St George’s Hall is now no longer open on Sundays. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.