Mosaic celebrating Strong Women Unveiled in Parr

A mosaic from Carrie Reichardt has been unveiled in Parr. Celebrating the borough’s strong women it is part of a wider initiative from community arts organisation, Heart of Glass.

Featuring the words “May we know them, may we raise them, may we be them” the mosaic can be found on the wall of Connie’s Club on Broad Oak Road. Carrie Reichardt, an artist well known for her community based and historically relevant works, created the piece in collaboration with local people.

‘Strong Women’ mural in Parr. Photo by Jazamin Sinclair

Clay Hearts

Featuring hundreds of hand made clay hearts. They have been made by local children and adults in honour of their own grandmothers, mothers, daughters and sisters. These are placed along with historic images celebrating local women from history. From those working in the rag trade through to professional footballers such as Lizzy Ashcroft and Lily Parr.

Carrie Reichardt and Cathy Brooks from the Torus Foundation unveil the mural. Photo courtesy of Radka Dolinska

Untold Stories

The mosaic aims to capture and highlight untold stories of women in St Helens. Using a mix of mural, mosaic and screen-printing techniques, the end result is elaborate, intricate and detailed. It’s an approach that Carrie Reichardt has honed over the years. Her famous house is Chiswick is completely tiled in mosaic from head to toe. She has also created mosaics on objects as diverse as cars and buoys in the past.

The local community turning out for the unveiling in Parr. Photo courtesy of Radka Dolinska

Joyful Project

“This has been the most joyful and community orientated project I’ve ever worked on” said Carrie. It’s a piece of work that has followed in the footsteps of other public art commissions across Parr and St Helens. The mosaic joins pieces from Nomad Clan, Faunagraphic, Billy Colours and Fandangoe Kid. All created as part of the Strong Women project from ‘Heart of Glass’.

Anna Kroneburg from Heart of Glass, Claire from ‘Positive Life Workshops’, Carrie Reichardt and Rhyannon Parry also from Heart of Glass

The Strong Women programme is made possible by money raised by National Lottery players and distributed through The National Lottery Heritage Fund. It forms part of Heart of Glass’ Arts Council England supported Creative People and Places programme. Additional support was given from Torus Foundation. Supporting Carrie on the project were Claire from ‘Postive Life Workshops’, regular collaborators ATM, Karen Wylder and Sian Wonnish Smith. Tamara Froud supported with the install.

Residents examine the mosaic. Photo courtesy of Radka Dolinska
Hearts made by local people are a core element of the mosaic. Photo courtesy of Radka Dolinska
Examining the hearts. Photo courtesy of Radka Dolinska
The mosaic was part of a wider street art project from Heart of Glass. Photo courtesy of Radka Dolinska
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