The Artwork Circle Project delivered a series of weekly art workshops for a focused support group for young women (aged 12-25) from August to December 2021. These workshops were facilitated by artist Nancy Brown, and co-facilitated by two Zig Zag Sexual Assault Counsellors.
The project invited young women accessing Zig Zag who have experienced sexual violence to actively participate in creative expression through an array of artistic mediums including printing, badge making, clay, jewellery making, painting, book-making, and plaster casts.
Through consultation with young women, an online exhibition was decided, due to Covid19 restrictions, to display the collection of their chosen works created over the span of the workshops. This provided young women the opportunity to share their creations with the broader community if they wished, through public exhibition.
“The collection reflects young women’s personal journeys and experiences as well as providing individual key messages and attitudes regarding personal growth, change, nature, and healing.”
The workshops provided young women with an opportunity to express themselves beyond talk therapies as well as offering informal peer support, both of which young women reported as valuable. Young women created with their hands, shared stories, laughed, and sung. They also wore the earrings, necklaces and bracelets that they had made to following workshops, carried tote bags they had printed on, made gifts from family and friends, and shared works to be photographed to create a beautiful body of work that is captured on this site.
Young women provided positive feedback and reported feeling safe, comfortable, and relaxed; learning a range of new creative skills and techniques; connecting positively with new people; and in some instances making friends with whom they then connected with outside of the art workshops.
This project was
proudly funded by
Brisbane Lord Mayor’s