This weekend sees the opening of TAKE/HOLD at The Whitworth art gallery in Manchester, an exhibition and screening programme exploring themes of “positive body image, self-worth and the celebration of women’s bodies”.
The event kicks off ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, and will be showing the documentary film Embrace, which follows The Body Image Movement activist Taryn Brumfitt as she explores the “global issue of body loathing”.
The Whitworth adds: “Brumfitt challenges us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies, leaving you with a warm sense of self-acceptance, motivation and joy.” The name of the event was directly inspired by the film.
The exhibition also showcases ten winning designs from artists around the UK, including Hannah Webb’s ‘Wonky Spine, Mighty Fine’; Katie O’Rourke’s ‘Listen to your body when it whispers’; and Rosie Leather’s ‘Learning about love, from self-love’.
Limited editions of each poster design will be on sale over the weekend and all proceeds from the event will go towards supporting The Body Image Movement and two charities – The Teen Yoga Foundation, which promotes the well-being of young people through yoga and mindfulness, and North West organisation Girls Out Loud, which works to empower and inspire teenage girls to have confidence, self-belief, emotional resilience and a positive self image.
The exhibition runs from 2-3 March, with Embrace screened at 2pm on 2 March. You can book tickets online here.
Image by Kerry Wheeler
Image by Venessa Scott
Image by Chie Hosaka
Image by Hannah Webb
Image by Katie O’Rourke
Image by Chelsea Waites
Image by Nina Hame
Image by Alexandra Francis
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