A 5-week design and illustration course in partnership with local charity initiative She Sells Sanctuary. Led by Belfast illustrator Elly Makes, participants designed their own works inspired by women featured in museum partner collections.

As a response to the alarming spike in reported domestic abuse cases in Northern Ireland since lockdown, Belfast-based initiative She Sells Sanctuary (SSS) was established. The initiative hosts an online fundraising platform which sells donated artworks from local artists, thereby raising proceeds for the 9 Women’s Aid groups across Northern Ireland.

Museum-based inspiration for the programme came from Women in our Culture, a publication released by NIMC in Sept 2020. Each week a local museum representative presented an inspirational woman featured in their collections.

All 15 high-quality illustrations produced on this programme were inspired by these women in heritage, and will be printed and sold will be sold as a bundle via the local charity, with proceeds going towards victims of domestic abuse.