beyond empathy | Unhelica
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About This Project

Challenging social perceptions about what it means for a young woman to be brave, beautiful and strong


Internationally renowned Beyond Empathy artist, Raphaela Rosella worked with girls and young women in Armidale schools and community – sharing a conversation about what it means to be brave, beautiful and strong.


The project addressed the pressures that young women feel as a consequence of narrow, socially-constructed definitions of beauty  – pressures that can be damaging to confidence and self-esteem.


Rosie took a series of portraits of each of the girls. Participants also shared their words about what bravery, strength and beauty means to them.


The images and the words were printed and pasted up in Armidale’s central mall – a highly visible ephemeral public artwork installed in time for International Women’s Day 2016.


Unhelica is a Beyond Empathy (BE) project, created in partnership with the New England Regional Art Museum.


BE is grateful for the great support of Armidale High School, Duval High School and the Karayuna Learning Centre.




This project is supported by Arts NSW’s Country Arts Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local Regional Arts on behalf of the NSW Government.