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An exhibition exploring the lived experience of endometriosis pain.

Saturday March 30th – Saturday May 11th 2024

Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition that causes painful periods, pelvic pain, fatigue and poor mental health for 1 in 10 women in the UK.Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition that causes painful periods, pelvic pain, fatigue and poor mental health for 1 in 10 women in the UK.

 

The ‘Making Endometriosis Visible’ project, run by Dr Jasmine Hearn at Manchester Metropolitan University Psychology Department and Ian Whadcock at Manchester School of Art, explored the reliance on verbal language to communicate this invisible pain to others, aiming to support effective communication surrounding chronic pain. The project’s workshops were held at Arc Centre and facilitated by the artist Helen Mather. Helen lives with endometriosis, and her recent body of work explores how materials can be used to develop a visual language to explore her own experience with pain.

Within the workshops, Helen shared her own creations to help inspire and support participants creatively to make their invisible pain visible through an exciting blend of psychology and art and the participants’ visualisations will be displayed through the launch of an ‘endometriosis pain visualisation toolkit’.

This project worked in collaboration with the Manchester Metropolitan Universities Department of Design, Manchester School of Art, thanks to funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and support from Endometriosis UK.

Join us for the exhibition launch + Saturday Art Club which includes creative activities for ages 3+ at Arc at Hat Works on Saturday March 30th from 11:00-15:00.

The exhibition is then open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00-16:00 and Saturdays 11:00-15:00, in line with Hat Works Cafe opening hours.