Every Body’s Story

Ellen Downes August 27 - September 01 Preview: Thursday August 26, 7.30 - 10pm Open daily: 10 - 5pm

Women’s Body Casting Artist Ellen Downes has cast 30 women’s torsos and painted them gold. The golden body casts will be exhibited alongside the powerful stories of the women behind them.
This is a project celebrating the beauty and diversity of women’s bodies and a platform for the stories behind them. We are rejecting unrealistic beauty standards, debunking myths and raising our voices to share women’s experiences and stories that need to be told.
The 30 women collectively tell stories of what it means to live in a woman’s body from a range of perspectives. The women are aged 20-75, present a diverse range of sexual orientation, gender identity, race and experiences. Their experiences explore their relationships with their bodies through themes such as body image, motherhood, sexuality, menstruation, sexual assault, coming of age, grief, mental health, disability and self-love.
Together we are raising our voices a to say it loud and clear that EVERY body is beautiful, valid and has a story that deserves to be heard
A book of photographs of the casts and the full story texts of the women behind them will be on sale at the exhibition.

Events: In the evenings after the gallery closes to the public, we are holding a series of very special, intimate events in collaboration with local women makers, performers, artists and teachers. All events are run and coordinated by local Bristol women.

Tutored Life Drawing – Two Models. Friday 27th August, 6-7:30PM
Evening Embodiment Yoga w/ Sally Balfourth. Friday 27th August, 8:15-9:15PM
Morning Embodiment Yoga w/ Sally Balfourth Read. Saturday 28th August, 8:30-9:30AM
Shibari Life Drawing with Burgundy Rose. Saturday 28th August, 6-7:30PM
Dancing with Myself: An exploration of self-tying with Burgundy Rose. Sunday 29th August, 6-8PM
Hatha Yoga w/Ella Riggs. Monday 30th August, 5:30-6:30PM
Every Body’s Story Book Launch with Bar and Live music Tuesday 31st August, 7-9PM