Clare Jasmine Beloved is an Artist and Poet and after the death of her wife in 2021 founded the Bad Lesbian Widows Club. She has been commissioned by Public Health and other organisations, to bring together communities in creativity and connection.
Areas of interest
- Community Building
- Empowering People through Art
Clare Jasmine Beloved is an Artist and Poet and after the death of her wife in 2021 founded the Bad Lesbian Widows Club. She has been commissioned by Public Health and other organisations, to bring together communities in creativity and connection. After recovering from a breakdown and long illness Clare worked with 1000s of people to create an exhibition of life size self portraits by people recovering from difficult life experiences which was displayed at Tate Liverpool. Clare is also the founder of Wild Woman – a Social Enterprise that has worked with and inspired over 25k individuals.
Clare has developed and delivered innovative projects across the UK and internationally.
“I am an artist. Creating is in my blood and has saved my life over and over – transforming feelings, emotions, life stories, wounds and blocks, dreams and ideas into beauty. I believe deeply in the healing power of Creativity. My art work is full of lush goddesses, magic mermaids, sensual sistas and sacred imagery and symbolism and feelings. The process and the way that I paint is very intuitive and I work with many layers to explore my own mythology. I sell my work internationally and have a silk clothes collection made from my paintings and a jewellery range.
I am passionate about words and my bed is always laden down with books. My first poetry collection Love Hope and High Heels was published in 2010. It was shortlisted for The Polari Book Prize for new gay and lesbian writing.
My groundbreaking creative work has been funded by Arts Council England and our large scale creative projects have been rolled out through Public Health, NHS and Primary Care Teams and schools, prisons and probation services. They have been highlighted as innovative and highly effective programmes for working with depression, anxiety, dementia, cancer support, LGBTQI and the trans community.
I have lived through my own painful depressions, broken hearts and dreams & difficult experiences. In 2020 my beloved wife Sandra died after a two year intense battle with stage 4 breast cancer – grief is an intense magical teacher for me. I know what it is to be joyful and follow my bliss and also what it feels like to experience much sorrow and loss. I believe all our experiences & vulnerabilities can shape us into more compassionate human beings, willing to open our hearts more deeply & risk a wildly beautiful creative life.”