Women's Work in the Community

Three tapestries by Carina Ripley symbolising pregnancy, birth and child rearing

The team at Quarry Bank have worked with several community groups and partnerships to further explore the theme of women's work. You can discover more about these below...

Rachel Capovila's artwork, a washing line with embroidered garments

Quarry Bank and Manchester School of Art

For the A Woman's Work is Never Done exhibition, the team at Quarry Bank looked for emerging artists to produce artwork that would create a contemporary conversation with the stories of women who have lived and worked in the mill. Three artists were chosen from the students and alumni of Manchester School of Art, based upon their innovative interpretations of the theme of women’s work. Click here to see how art has brought the role of the women at Quarry Bank to life.

Artwork from Styal women's prison

Quarry Bank and Styal Prison

Styal Women’s Prison is located close to Quarry Bank in the village of Styal. The prison offers a variety of activities that focus on addressing offender behaviour and equipping women to deal with the challenges of life after prison. Artist Lauren Sagar has been leading workshops with several women at the prison to engage their creativity and to explore what work means to them. They have worked together to create a project that can be added to by other women at the prison.

Silhouette of Elizabeth Pankhurst with the Manchester WI logo

Quarry Bank and the Women's Institute

Quarry Bank spoke with the Manchester Women’s Institute to gain insight into what work means to the modern woman. Find out more from WI member Rachel Jones.