MOVING and powerful and inspirational pieces of art have been created by some of Bolton’s most vulnerable women.

In a project co-ordinated by Eve’s Space ­— an Urban Outreach run project which supports women who may have been in contact with the law, including as a victim ­— and Create Bolton six women have have created individual works of art to feature in Awakening Beautiful Possibilities: “Bringing to life what is waiting to happen”

The exhibition had a special preview over the last two days at Bolton Library, with the artists and their families present.

Next month it will show at Cafe Create in Bark Street.

Dave Bagley, chief executive, said: “The artworks are quite moving, through them it is finding who they are behind the mask, the inner beauty, and how they want to be seen.

“They were quite humbled when people told them how extraordinary their artwork was. Mayor Hilary Fairclough said their work would not have been out of place in a exhibition by those who artists who do it for a living.”

One of the women wrote, to accompany her artwork: “I have chosen the butterfly because they are perfect.

"Even if they are slightly damaged their beauty is visible.

"I think others see our damage first and don’t look or want to see the beauty in me.”

The exhibition will open at Cafe Create on Friday, September 6 and run until September 28.