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Preview; NOBLEWOMEN/ALICE LENKIEWICZ Liverpool Cathedral.

Byline: Catherine Jones

ARTIST and poet Alice Lenkiewicz has painted half a dozen of history's most 'noble' women for an exhibition at Liverpool Cathedral.

The exhibition, which opens to the public today, was inspired by the cathedral's Lady Chapel centenary celebrations and the sellout Walking Through Windows theatrical production, which took place at the end of June.

The Toxteth-based artist's research is based on the 'noble women' immortalised in the stained glass windows of the Lady Chapel.

"As I read about these women I was moved by their courageous and fascinating lives," she explains.

"I wanted to portray the lives of the women and to try and capture a particular moment that would have been symbolic for them."

Alice, who earned her degree and lectured at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, has recently set up her own non-profit making company - The Toxteth Art Gallery.

The six paintings include public washhouse pioneer Kitty Wilkinson beside the River Mersey, nurse Agnes Jones past and future, prison reformer Elizabeth Fry and the patchwork quilt, Grace Darling's heroic lifeboat rescue, Josephine Butler meets the women of the Oakum rooms, and Christina Rossetti: The Annunciation.

Agnes Jones was described by Florence Nightingale as "one of the most valuable lives in England".

She, like Nightingale, was a nurse but died aged 35 from typhus fever after she devoted herself to her work.

The painting shows Agnes aged 33, capturing the moment she accepted an invitation from William Rathbone to aid Liverpool Workhouse.

Alice, whose father was also a famous artist - Robert Lenkiewicz - says she was excited by the chance to look into the lives of these inspiring women.

She added: "I've found creating this exhibition fascinating, looking into the pasts of six wonderful, strong and inspiring women who I feel are role models for today's society.

"The women of The Noble Windows are an inspiration for all women today."

. NobleWomen is on display from today until August 27 in the cathedral.

For more information on Alice Lenkiewicz and links to information on her latest exhibit, visit http://alicelenkiewicz.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 3, 2010
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