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RISE Together


In 2019, Culture Liverpool commissioned RISE; a season of commissions, exhibitions, events and happenings exploring and telling the stories of women in all their power and glory, through a cultural lens. Featuring women from Liverpool, the UK and the rest of the world, RISE shone a light on those females whose legacy educates, empowers and inspires us and future generations.


The RISE programme was ongoing for 2020 but the recent COVID-19 pandemic has, as with other events and activities, brought it to a halt for now. However, as women, surely we have something to say about current events, the impact they’re having on our everyday lives and those of others around us and our communities, the impact this will have on our work, our families, our arts and cultural organisations now and in the future. How will we RISE out of this situation?


Culture Liverpool have produced a specially curated programme for RISE which once again showcases the fantastic talent, creativity and the female strength and spirit. The programme is a social commentary on social inequalities, isolation, and how this has become the new norm through loss and separation. The stories are told through the eyes of female artists of different ages and backgrounds and brings them visibility through a digital platform of podcast, blogs, music, visual art, and comedy.


RISE has been curated by Liverpool City Council and funded by Arts Council England.


RISE Together is supported by Culture Liverpool, Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council

Amber Akaunu: Still

Amber Akaunu: Still

During this uncertain time, some of us have been forced to slow down and reconnect with ourselves and our surroundings.
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Amina Atiq: Lockdown

Amina Atiq: Lockdown

My project Lockdown invites viewers to a Yemeni-Scouse household, through a series of images that captures different aspects of my life
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Catherine Rice & Stephen Fletcher: Virtual Insanity

Catherine Rice & Stephen Fletcher: Virtual Insanity

Actress and social club diva, Bev, is locked in quarantine in a little fishing village: Anfield, Liverpool 4. On her
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Clare Brumby: 45K

Clare Brumby: 45K

45K is a piece of mobile phone photography, created to explore the prevailing gender divide in the UK and across the rest of the world, which has been further exposed during
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Claire Bigley: Mothers Who Make, Liverpool in Lockdown

Claire Bigley: Mothers Who Make, Liverpool in Lockdown

COVID-19 has had a huge impact not only on my daily routine, but also my son’s, which is why I have chosen to explore the theme Mothers Who Make In
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Erika Diettes: Introspección

Erika Diettes: Introspección

I am grieving, my beloved father who passed away three months ago. My beloved General had lost his capacity to
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Jennifer John Music: The People’s Remix Choir

Jennifer John Music: The People’s Remix Choir

The People’s Remix Choir is an accessible and inclusive virtual choir. It is an opportunity for everyone passionate about singing to
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Jernice Easthope: Oh Hun Women’s Hour

Jernice Easthope: Oh Hun Women’s Hour

Created especially for RISE Together, the Oh Hun Women's Hour highlights conversations with active females from the Oh Hun collective.
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Karen Gallagher & Associates: And This Is What Am Doing!

Karen Gallagher & Associates: And This Is What Am Doing!

On 10 March 2020 I launched Karen Gallagher & Associates, only to have the country lock down two weeks later. The last 9 months had already brought challenges both personally
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LUNA: LUCENT

LUNA: LUCENT

LUNA - lucent embodies womxn empowerment and has been composed by inviting local creative womxn of Liverpool to contribute a short voice note on how they are responding to the COVD-19
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Lizzie Nunnery: Little Bird, A New Piece Of Flash Fiction

Lizzie Nunnery: Little Bird, A New Piece Of Flash Fiction

Photo Credit: Joy Stamp on Unsplash Set in the current moment of isolation, this prose piece provides a snapshot of
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Sharon Bailey: Home Alone Together

Sharon Bailey: Home Alone Together

Since the lockdown I’ve been in regular contact with older people I connected with for my Home Alone project, individuals stuck
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Tmesis Theatre: And Still We Rise

Tmesis Theatre: And Still We Rise

Just before the pandemic struck we were lucky enough to perform our new show, Wicked Women, a celebration of extraordinary
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