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Vacant // Engaged, Bee Illustrates & Cheer Up Luv, 2024 

Vacant // Engaged

Did you visit Cheer Up Luv & Bee Illustrates full scale bathroom installation at Hysterical: Radical Creativity this year? After collaborating as curators, for Women's History Month 2024 Bee Illustrates and Cheer Up Luv combined forces to create a full scale bathroom in the exhibition itself.

Find out more about the exhibition and installation here. 

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Cheer Up Luv x Plan UK: #CrimeNotCompliment

To celebrate the hard work of youth activists who tirelessly campaigned to pass the Protection from Sex Based Harassment in Public Bill law, Cheer Up Luv has teamed up with Plan UK to photograph five of their campaigners. The #CrimeNotCompliment campaign was launched in partnership with grassroots, youth-led organisation Our Streets Now. Young people have been at the heart of the campaign - and this photo series highlights their experiences campaigning and hopes for the future around the public safety of women and girls in the UK. You can find out more about the campaign below.

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WHO ARE WE? Cheer Up Luv is an internationally recognised photo series and feminist platform founded by Eliza Hatch retelling accounts of public sexual harassment. 

Survivors are photographed in public places related to their experiences, and their stories are featured here and on the Instagram page @cheerupluv. Cheer Up Luv provides a platform to empower their narratives and advocate for the rights of women and marginalised genders.


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Francesca's story - London, 2017



“I was 18, walking alone in Paris. I saw a guy walking towards me. He started talking to me, but I walked away. About 15 mins later, I looked back and realised he was following me for 1 mile. I felt so scared and decided to go somewhere crowded. Then I felt someone pull my hand and drag me into a narrow street. A man was watching us, but he walked away. I was already crying. Finally I saw the face and it was the guy who talked to me. He whispered something in French and giggled. I can't remember exactly how I ran away. But I clearly remember how I felt. That was my first time I touched a man’s penis. And also that was my first kiss.”



“I was doing some work experience and it was only a two week placement. My supervisor began the first week by showing me his wedding photos, by the second week he was trying to touch me, cuddle or tickle me. On my last day, he got put in charge and made sure every task I had was alone with him. He tickled me again so I told him to stop. He then grabbed both my arms pressed himself against me with my legs apart and pinned my legs down. He stayed there with his face close to mine and only got off me when someone else came into the room. I wanted to run and cry, but I just walked out in shock.”



"I was walking down a street in Manhattan when I saw a man walking towards me. His daughter was holding his hand and his young son was behind him on a scooter. As the distance between us got shorter I could tell that he was intensely staring at me, studying my legs, my sundress, my cleavage. Just as our paths crossed he lunged toward me and whispered, ‘Mmmm, I’d like to taste your chocolate.’ I was most horrified that his daughter was right there, watching her father verbally assault me, while his son was behind learning from his actions."


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