Purple banner with logo stating 'together against gender-based violence'

About the artist: Molly Hankinson

Molly Hankinson is a visual artist, illustrator and muralist from South East London, currently living in Glasgow. She graduated in Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking from The Glasgow School of Art (2014-18), and is now based at SWG3, where she has her permanent studio after receiving their graduate studio residency.

Molly looks at the honest and unapologetic representation of people and communities through an intersectional feminist lens, with an unparalleled and celebratory reclamation and ownership of space evident in her work.

Incorporating the aesthetics of bright and considered colour placement with use of continuous line, Molly creates ‘bold and subtly detailed, inclusive celebrations’ of socially engaged narratives.

Her work attempts to dismantle learned perceptions around gender, highlighting mutual struggles and understandings through the gathering of rich and diverse stories.

In visualising collective experiences that resonate with audiences, her work attempts to encourage solidarity amongst viewers.

​Clients include The Body Shop, Sky Arts, Fritz Kola, Scottish Football Association, Coppafeel!, Chivas Regal, and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects.

Molly Hankinson interview (YouTube) 


Artwork: The Rug



Printed Illustration on Foam Board

  • 8 x 150cm

Serving as a positive counterpart to ‘THE RUG’, ‘THE LINE’ is a declaration of progress and commitment by the University of Glasgow. As a visual promise, it looks beyond previously acknowledged historical shortcomings, representing phrases and themes from student and staff focus groups that envision a healthier and safer institutional response to gender-based violence going forward.

It is a letter of solidarity, boldly drawing a visual boundary in the sand and promising to do better.

Artwork: The Line

You Are Seen

Artwork: You are seen


Men! Sit Down for Your Rights!

Printed Illustration on Foam Board

  • 85 x 120cm

‘Men! Sit Down for Your Rights!’ is a rallying call for men to assume collective responsibility for the dismantling of harmful cultural norms, by challenging men to recognise the pervasive impact of patriarchy on all genders. It emphasises that the onus is not solely on women and other marginalised genders to lead this change, but that men must actively understand and address their role in perpetuating these standards.

In choosing to educate oneself and centring the experiences of those affected, one becomes a catalyst for change. Through the highlighting of actionable steps toward allyship, this piece stands as a visual manifesto, challenging men to actively engage in the ongoing fight for a safer, more inclusive campus environment.

Visual description

A colourful illustration showing a young white cisgender man with short brown hair site reading a book on the Glasgow Subway. The book is ’The Descent of Man’ by Grayson Perry. In the subway carriage there are advertisements for the books ’The Will to Change’ by bell hooks, and ‘Mask Off’ by J.J Bola. Behind him on the platform there is an advertisement for ’Showing Up! The Musical (on Ice).

Library resources

If you would like to read more based on the references in the art work, the library has these titles available:

Self Care as an Act of Resistance

Printed Illustration on foam board

  • 85 x 120cm

‘Self-Care as an Act of Resistance’ encourages a redefinition of strength, by celebrating self-care as an essential part of healing and acceptance in the face of trauma. In the context of gender-based violence, the act of reclaiming one's body through personal care becomes a radical gesture.

The piece challenges the notion that vulnerability is a weakness, asserting the belief that softness is an undeniable form of empowerment. The artwork invites viewers to contemplate the weighty act of authentic self-love, positioning it as a vital component of resilience and healing.

In urging the viewer to prioritise their well-being, it acknowledges that caring for oneself can often feel like a revolutionary act.

Visual description

A colourful illustration showing two young women in the corner of a Glasgow tenement kitchen. One is standing behind the other, shaving an undercut of the woman in front, who is sitting in a wheelchair. They are wearing bright and colourful clothes, and are surrounded by plants and book which sit on shelves in the background.


Artwork: Not asking for it