One of the key aims of this year’s International Women’s Day was to increase the visibility of female creatives. Before the closure of the gallery due to Covid 19, we celebrated International Women’s Day and our fantastic female artists, Ruth Mulvie, Rebecca Strickson and JanaNicole with a panel talk hosted by Alice Reeves of Belongcon and featuring Zazie from The Girls Network.
Hear the artists discussing how they started out in the art industry, the barriers they faced and how they are becoming mentors with The Girls Network to inspire a future generation of women who would like to pursue a career in the arts.
The Girls Network believe that no girls’ future should be limited by her background, gender or parental income. Their mission is to empower girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models.
“For me it’s about visibility. If you can’t see something, it’s going to be a lot harder to be it. So you need to see people doing the thing that you want to do.” Rebecca Strickson
One thing that came out of the conversation was self-doubt can be the biggest barrier to creating and having confidence in your creations.
93% of girls on The Girls Network’s programme last year said their mentor had improved their confidence, and 96% believe their mentor has helped them feel more positive about the future.
All our artists expressed the importance of mentors in encouraging them to pursue their career in art. This mentoring scheme will help them give back by inspiring girls who have expressed an interest in a career in the arts. A human connection who can encourage them to know that they can make it too.
“I had a couple of women in my life who were amazing, and to be able to go to someone who wasn’t your mother who treated you as an adult and listened to you and didn’t laugh at you… They listened and they were my friends. So that made me feel really good about myself and gave me confidence’ Says JanaNicole
Mentoring can be an equally rewarding process for the mentor says Ruth Mulvie, “I guess that process of mentoring is probably quite a reflective one that both parties get something out of it. It’s a friendship and its supporting and encouraging and helping someone to grow.”
If you are interested in becoming a mentor click here.
Mentor training will commence online next month until mentors and mentees can meet in person. We will be following our artists journeys as mentors and learning more about their mentees and their aspirations. Watch this space! Artists who will be involved are Sara Pope, Sarah Arnett, Rebecca Strickson, JanaNicole and Ruth Mulvie.