The Womanhood or Woman's-Hurt? Project consists of three collaborative art modules:
- Womanhood or Woman’s Hurt?: The Art of Healing (fine art exhibition)
- Womanhood or Woman’s-Hurt?: A Documentary
- M.E.T. (art therapy outreach program)
The project’s aim is twofold:
- raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence prevention and intervention strategies at the community level;
- support the advancement and education of young women through art exhibitions, art therapy workshops, lectures, creative writing workshops, film screening, film-making and performance opportunities.
Frances Bradley is a visual and performing artist from Flint, Michigan. As an Illustration major, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Shortly after graduating, Bradley worked for the world renowned Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia and as the Exhibition Coordinator for The African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Bradley has been recognized for her visual artwork by the National Conference of Artist in Philadelphia and received the Artist Legacy Award. She was also awarded studio space through 40th Street Artist in Residence (AIR) Program.
Her strong passion for social change through the arts, inspired her to create The Murals for Flint Project - a project-based organization dedicated to teaching diverse forms of art to at-risk youth in the city of Flint, Michigan. The program features public art to visually enhance impoverished communities. The Murals for Flint Project was awarded the Ruth Mott Foundation Share Art Mini Grant.
She is the creator of art series, Womanhood or Woman’s-Hurt: The Art of Healing, an autobiographical, visual testimony of surviving sexual assault. WHWH has gained the attention of LaGuardia Community College’s Women’s Center where she was invited as a lecturer; New York City’s renowned organization, Connect: Safe Families, Peaceful Communities where Frances has been appointed as an Advisory Board Member. Together she and ConnectNYC recently partnered with the YWCA Brooklyn’s Ruby Nottage Gallery and organized her first solo show for Womanhood or Woman’s-Hurt: The Art of Healing, during Sexual Violence Awareness Month.
Frances has recently returned from her humanitarian trip as a delegation member to attend the Conference of Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) with Brooklyn based, civil and human rights organization, Black Women's Blueprint at the United Nations of Geneva, Switzerland.
She was requested to present one of her pieces from her WHWH series as the visual representation of what sexual violence looks like in America.
Her work was recently shown at The Museum of Women’s Resistance in Brooklyn, NY and was just featured in December's issue of The Guardian.
To view other works by Frances Bradley click HERE