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Alisha's pals bare all for art show; PICTURES AIM TO SHOW HOW WOMEN CAN LIKE THEMSELVES WHATEVER THEIR LOOKS.

Byline: BARBARA GOULDEN

SOME of artist Alisha Miller's best friends are in the buff at her Naked exhibition - held in the unlikely setting of Coventry's motor museum - which aims to make a positive statement about women.

Alisha, aged 31, organised social gatherings for her female friends, who allowed her to draw and paint them as nature intended.

She said: "As the clothes came off, so did our inhibitions about what we felt was wrong with our bodies, because so few of us conform to the media image of model-girl thin with no flabby bits.

"I think we all learned to love ourselves that little bit more and I was happy with the results, especially my pictures of pregnant friends."

The Naked exhibition at the Museum of British Road Transport, in Hales Street, runs until March 30.

And from today until March 20, Nuneaton-based artist Alisha also has another exhibition on at Nuneaton town hall, where visitors can see the results of her Year of the Artist work spent with Baginton trucking company In Transit Light Transport.

The show features photo-graphs of women working in a largely male environment and pictures of her work on the side of an 18-tonne truck which has since gone on national tour.

Alisha said: "When you realise that only 0.2percent of all work currently on show in British galleries is by women artists, you can see that we need to shout up a bit!"

Two free workshops, Women As We Are and Works of Art Are Not for Men Alone, are running in Coventry city centre this Saturday. For more information, phone 024 7641 2148.

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UNINHIBITED: Alisha Miller (right) and self-portrait and (above) another of her paintings featured in the Naked exhibition in Coventry. Pictures: JAMES BALFOUR
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