Update From Women and Health’s Director, Gemma Tighe

Thank you for continuing to support Women + Health in these difficult times. Although the Centre is closed at the moment we are all working from home and will be able to respond to your emails. We will open up again as soon as government guidelines allow us.

While we were closed we were thrilled with the fantastic response we got to our Art Exhibition, which has raised over £10,000 for our work with women survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and other vulnerable Camden residents. We are really pleased that the exhibition was so successful and we hope you enjoyed the Art. Although the exhibition is now finished you can still watch our video featuring Susie Orbach, the well know Psychotherapist and Writer, Frances Borzello, Art Historian, and Elizabeth Neilson, Director of the Zabludowicz Collection, a Camden Art Gallery.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zogt4pbvW8

Women are facing a hard time during the Pandemic – losing their jobs and taking the lions share of housework and home-schooling.  We’re here to support you and we were pleased to support and promote the work of Women Artists taking part in our exhibition. We asked each Artist to tell us how Lockdown and the Pandemic has affected their creative process. Here is what a few of them said.

Ishbel Myerscough
“I felt the need to balance the boat. So, as my life consisted of domestic duties, I drew the interior of my house from top to bottom and in between. Other than that, I couldn’t work. These drawings were a meditation, a mapping of our captivity and a portrait of my family in objects. This drawing is my dining room and kitchen where I spent most of my time.”

Kate Lyddon
“The biggest change of Lockdown has been the intensity of time spent with my daughter who is on the spectrum and had a difficult time starting school last September. However during Lockdown she made progress and I guess this drawing reflects on the intensity of our bond, which has deepened, I think, since Lockdown.”

Robyn Litchfield
“I began to think of the crisis as an opportunity, a time to think in the present, not plan for an unknowable future… my paintings of wilderness seemed to provide a place for self reflection.”

We will continue supporting you, our clients, supporters and well wishers. Our counselling services are still available, and please do take part in our Zoom classes – currently we have two types of Yoga, Facial Massage, Sound healing and “Wake Up Wednesdays” on offer. https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/greenfingerscalmmindsclasses Classes are free but we welcome donations.

In the near future we hope to develop gardening lessons, menopause support, and activities in conjunction with Camden New Town Community Festival. Watch this space!

From Our Director, Gemma Tighe

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