Girlhood exhibition at Hurstville Museum and Gallery

A representation of all that is female will splash the walls of Hurstville Museum and Gallery, in conjunction with International Women's Day. 

Girlhood, A Dragon's Lair Gallery is an upcoming exhibition that is being promoted by Georges River Council.

Opening at 2pm on March 9, it celebrates artists Lily Hogan and Jamie Parmaxidis, who have come together to observe how women have played a critical role in their upbringings. 

The exhibition explores the tensions between ideas of female solidarity and shared experience, and the realities of teenage politics and societal pressures of 'girls being girls'.

This takes form in youthful abstractions and photographic portraits, representing a playful take on the representation of gender roles. 

Ms Hogan, a primary school teacher, has always had a passion for self-expression through the arts and says that she has realised the importance of embracing and encouraging creativity in young impressionable minds.

Her works reflect upon her upbringing, having been raised by, and around, different women, enabling her to question how a woman should look and act.

Ms Parmaxidis, who is completing an Honours in a Bachelor of Design at UNSW, is an artist and textile designer whose work observes the way social pressure affects female mental health.

Her work chronicles her experience of joining a womens' martial arts community, exploring the way power of the wisdom of other women may act as a method of therapy.

See the exhibition until March 31.