WOMEN embarrassed by their bodies are being given a helping hand thanks to vagina artist Jamie McCartney.

Mr McCartney famously sculptured the Great Wall of Vagina - made from plaster casts of 400 women’s vulvas.

The Brighton artist created the piece to highlight the stigmatization of aspects of women’s bodies and ‘body shaming.’

Now, after a sexual health centre reached out to him, he has donated a print from his famous work along with a book.

The offerings have been made to Brighton and Hove Sexual Health and Contraception Clinic who will be using the new aids to help overcome female patients’ embarrassment and stigma about their bodies.

Staff at the clinic feel perceptions about body image can have directly harmful consequences for patients when it leads to delays in seeking help to get infections like chlamydia or gonorrhoea diagnosed and treated.

Brighton and Hove SHAC matron Anita Weston said: “There is so much stigma around the female anatomy and many of our patients have real misconceptions and often negative self-perceptions about their bodies and how their vulva should look.

“One patient even told me: “It looks like a car crash down there.”

“Jamie’s Great Wall of Vagina shows that everyone is different and we will use his artwork to help our female patients change their perceptions of their ‘abnormality’ by showing them the variety of what ‘normal’ looks like.

“We are very grateful to Jamie for his kind donation and fully support his mission to ‘change female body image through art’.”

Mr McCartney said: “I am delighted to help promote better sexual health in my own city. Education is the key - knowledge empowers people.

“This artwork helps women overcome unnecessary anxieties about their bodies and feel good about themselves.

“It makes it easier for someone to seek medical help when something isn’t right and discuss these things with their partners.”

And its not just vaginas he makes casts of. He has also created sculptures using anything from baby hands in plaster or glass to whole bodies in bronze.

Established over a decade ago at the erstwhile JAG Gallery on Madeira Drive, he was in The Lanes for a while, then by Hove Station and is now at a permanent, purpose-built studio in the harbour in Portslade.

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