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Monday 12 March 2018

Brighton Artist Donates Materials From His Great Wall of Vagina Sculpture To Change Harmful Female Body Perceptions

The sexual health and contraception (SHAC) team in Brighton will be using new visual aids to help overcome female patients' embarrassment and stigma about their bodies after receiving a donation from Brighton artist, Jamie McCartney.

After the clinic requested a poster from Jamie, he upped the offer to give the team a print and book of his Great Wall of Vagina sculpture, which he developed to highlight the stigmatization of aspects of women's bodies and body shaming

Perceptions about body image can have directly harmful consequences for patients when it leads to delays in seeking help to get infections like chlamydia or gonorrhoea diagnosed and treated.

Brighton & Hove SHAC matron Anita Weston said:

"There is so much stigma around the female anatomy and many of our patients have real misconceptions and often negative self-perceptions about their bodies and how their vulva should look. One patient even told me 'it looks like a car crash down there'. 


"Jamie's 'Great Wall of Vagina' shows that everyone is different and we will use his artwork to help our female patients change their perceptions of their 'abnormality' by showing them the variety of what 'normal' looks like."

Jamie is familiar to most for his Brighton Body Casting business, making casts of people to create sculptures - anything from baby hands in plaster or glass to whole bodies in bronze. 

The Great Wall of Vagina is a twenty-six feet long wall sculpture made from plaster casts of vaginas taken from four hundred different women volunteers. 

This infamous sculpture is credited with changing the lives of women the world over. 
 
"I didn't want to be part of a society that encourages women to cut off parts of their genitals and I was in a unique position to do something about it. 

"It's time our society grew up around these issues and I think art has a major role to play".

Great Wall Of Vagina Print Donation To Claude Nicol Sexual Health Clinic, at 9.30am, on 7th September 2018, at Claude Nicol Centre, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. 

by: Mike Cobley




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