See Me, Hear Me

  • 26 May – 21 August
  • Wednesday – Sunday, 10am–5pm
  • Second Floor, The Tetley
  • Free entry

‘See Me, Hear Me’ is a collaboration between The Tetley and resident organisation Women’s Health Matters (WHM), a Leeds based charity founded in 1987 that champions the right for disadvantaged women and girls to have a fair chance at a better life.

Queen Elizabeth II appears in over 1,000 portraits in collections across the UK. With support from the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, women working with WHM have collaborated to create backdrops for their own photographic portraits, taken as part of a private celebratory event.

Participants in See Me, Hear Me include those who have faced many life challenges, including seeking asylum, living apart from their children and experiencing domestic abuse. Each woman has taken home their framed portrait, and to safeguard the lives of these women the photos aren’t on display.

Instead, the backdrops and accompanying audio are evidence of their presence and stories, inviting you to consider the differing visibility of women in public life. You are also welcome to take your own photo in front of the backdrops.


This exhibition is part of an ongoing partnership between WHM and The Tetley to provide space and access to creativity for these women. The audio works have been written and performed by the women with guidance and support from students from Leeds Arts University.