Ever since being diagnosed with breast cancer, and deciding not to have reconstructive surgery following her mastectomy, writer and artist Claire Collison has been asking: ‘Why are the thousands of women like me so hidden?’
Claire will be out and about during her residency, researching a local version of her participatory walk: ‘An Intimate Tour of Breasts‘. She will also be developing her single-breasted life modelling monologue, Truth Is Beauty, to perform at Metal, and exhibit the resulting drawings.
Claire is Artist in Residence at the Women’s Art Library (WAL), and winner of the the inaugural Women Poets’ Prize.
She is the first recipient of Time & Space residencies at all 3 Metals.
Saturday 7th September 2019
1pm – 4pm,
Metal, Chauffeurs Cottage, St Peters Road, Peterborough, PE1 1YX
Saturday 28th September 2019
1pm – 4pm,
Artist, writer and breast cancer survivor, Claire Collison is your tour guide on this leisurely three-hour walk exploring multicultural mythologies surrounding breasts and looking at their commodification throughout history to the present day – from religious martyrs to political activists, fine art to Page 3, nipple slip to slippery nipple. Engaging in conversations and activities along the way, you will be unravelling the implications of all this on how women feel about their own breasts. Full details here.
A life modelling performance by Claire Collison, plus an opportunity to experience life modelling for yourself.
Saturday 5th October 2019
1pm – 4pm
Saturday 19th October 2019
1pm – 4pm
Metal at Edge Hill Station, Platform one, Tunnel Rd, Liverpool, L7 6ND
Claire invites all women, regardless of artistic experience, to join a life-drawing session, during which she will perform a monologue linking her own experiences to life modelling and story-telling. Drawing materials will be provided. Following Claire’s performance, there will be a discussion about the body politics of life modelling and related matters. Come to draw, listen or join in the conversation. Full details here.