Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival’s Miss Represented project operates as an arts collective working with vulnerable young women who are navigating difficult life situations and are considered at risk.
Using the arts as a vehicle for self expression and investigating relevant themes and topics, Miss Represented creates a safe environment to deliver tailor made projects resulting in exhibitions, events or performances of high artistic quality.
The aim is to inspire socially excluded young women and stimulate aspirations by facilitating a meaningful, reflective process in which young women can explore issues, feel empowered and have their voices heard.
We aim to challenge society’s view of young women that are deemed to be displaying risky or challenging behaviour by making the work visible and creating partnerships.
Using the arts we aim to help young women to:
• Develop social, political and media literacy and awareness
• Feel they have a safe and supportive space for personal development
• Move away from reactive choices to informed decision making
• Develop self-worth and feel empowered
• Experience collaboration, group processes and form positive relationships
• Pursue purpose and passions
• Develop skills in the arts and beyond, creating pathways for future employment or education
This project seeks to shine a light on the children and young people whose humanity, intelligence and talents have been obscured by simplistic labels and a lack of opportunity to discover their potential. It provides an opportunity to connect with these young people and to encourage the community to reach out the hand of friendship to others who need to know that they are valued and belong.
Using a multi-disciplinary applied arts approach as a vehicle for exploration and expression, we investigate issues around domestic abuse, sex and consent, media representations of women and female empowerment, relationships, pressures and power within our communities, self worth and identity. There is also an emphasis on the ‘future self’ with pathways to further education, employment or apprenticeships.
Quotes from previous audiences:
Quotes from participants:
'Really creative, emotive and diverse. You have raised so many topics in a beautiful and striking way. Love the pictures and the music (including sound effects!). Well done, be proud.'
'Thank you for allowing us, for inviting us, to see it through your eyes. Please all carry on being you. You are amazing! I am delighted the F word is alive : feminism today.'
'The show was amazing - brilliantly and sensitively put together. So awesome to see the young women having that platform and sharing their experiences. So brave and true . I’m sure the support and opportunity you have given them will have such positive lasting effects for them. Also the set and music was great and all the lighting, it held the space perfectly and allowed for anything to happen within it and for it to work. Great you were all on stage too - nice one'
'Massive piece of work – the word I kept thinking of was RESILIENCE'
''I just wanted to say how impressed I was but the Miss Represented show on Friday night. I hope the other performances went as well. I was very moved and impressed by the strength and resilience of the performers and in awe of their bravery. I was also very moved by their stories, great that you enabled them to have an arena to share them. Well done all of you and thank you for a wonderful experience!'
'Provoking and important'
'Well done for Miss Rep! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Just appearing on that stage is an amazing opportunity and experience for these girls, in addition they have had all the input which led to this. A really powerful intervention!'
'“It’s a dress not a yes!" What an amazing piece of work. You have dug so deep – I feel so proud of you all.'
'Thank you for the show Friday it was amazing, honest and inspiring. What fantastic work you have done with the girls. There was 5 of us staff and we are all bowled over by the evening and the rawness of the subject - amazing.'
'I cannot believe how much you have achieved in only ten weeks. This is one of the most positive experiences of my 25 year career with young people. Amazing to see the thoughts and beliefs of strong, artistic, intelligent and powerful young women. Thank you. Wish you could get your messages across to more young women / men (and some not so young!). FANTASTIC. (YOS Manager and mother of teenage girl)'
'Loved everything… there is nothing I would change, except that I wish that the project had been longer and had not ended.'
'Made me feel much more confident and stronger.'
'I can’t believe this is us. This is what we’ve created, us.'
'felt anxious coming at first and was worried about who was coming and how they would treat me. But it gave me a massive confidence boost.'
'I especially liked meeting new people and making new friends. My most memorable moment was when I sang at the event it was amazing.'
'I feel that I have learned how to control some of my feelings and I believe that there is good in me.'
If you would like to find out more about this project please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to The Chalk Cliff Trust for the kind support on this project