The event, which took place at the College’s Wisemore Campus on 8th March, included a display of artwork and photos produced by students studying Art and Design, Fashion, Photography and Graphic Design at Foundation Level, as well as Levels 1 and 2.
The exhibition was also home to the ‘Tree of Me’, a hand-crafted tree from which visitors could hang their proudest moments and the names of women they most admire.
Women and girls across the College were encouraged to write about an achievement or female individual on a tag, and hang it on the ‘Tree of Me’. Male staff and students also had the chance to commemorate a female family member, friend or public figure.
The “Tree of Me”, which stands at over 6 feet tall, was created by students Kira Marks, and Paulette Osei-tutu, as part of a project for their higher level study.
Kira and Paulette, who are both studying a HND in Graphic Design, collaborated with Photography student Hayley to produce and gather paintings, artwork and photographs to highlight the achievements and diversity amongst everyday women.
The project – entitled ‘The Evolution of Women’ - aims to raise awareness of what it means to be a woman in Western civilisation today, including being free from the lack of rights faced by women in many parts of the world.
Free chocolates were handed out to visitors, and a prize awarded to whoever shared the most inspiring reasons as to why women should be empowered.
Paulette Osei-Tutu said: “We organised the project as part of our studies at Walsall College, with the deadline coinciding with International Women’s Day. It took us over a month and a half to make the tree between our studies and other commitments.
The idea behind the tree is to encourage women to find something that they like about themselves, something they are proud of or have achieved, as we feel all women should be happy in their own skin.”
Kira Marks said, “We’ve had more than 75 staff and students take part in the project, be it by volunteering their time to help us or taking part in the photoshoot for the posters. Over 125 people visited the exhibition, which we organised to showcase that women come in all shapes and sizes, and do a number of great things.”
Helen Griffiths, Student Engagement Officer at Walsall College, said: “As a college, we encourage our students to use their creativity to raise awareness of matters they are most passionate about. We are proud of what our Higher Education Students have achieved so far, and we feel the ‘Tree of Me’ will help bring staff and students together to celebrate their achievements and that of others.
International Women's Day is a perfect opportunity to celebrate women, and the progress that has been made throughout history.”
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Published on Mar 09th 2018