THERE is a new mural under the railway bridge on Southend's High Street, titled Together We Rise.

It is the work of artist and illustrator Erene Dellaporta who created the mural for International Women's Day, this year’s theme being Break the Bias.

Erene's practice is embedded in the female form and psyche.

She says via fluid lines, accident and control, she explores sensuality, movement and the maternal.

Mark making and continuous line are at the core of her practice, while vibrant colours and spontaneous marks also take presence in her works.

Primarily, Erene says she is "passionate about subverting the male gaze and empowering women through her art".

Also being a teacher of art, Erene believes it is vital to share creativity in the community.

She had a group of A level art students assist in painting this mural.

Referring to the IWD manifesto, Erene read: "Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination.

"A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #BreaktheBias. Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

She added: ""It's vital young people are given opportunities to collaborate on artists work, it's amazing how passionate and engaged they are in sharing their artistic talents and voices.

"It’s great to be getting young women involved in creative and empowering community projects.

"The painting of this mural coincided with the opening of Indirock, a new bouldering wall in Southend.

"It was therefore a wonderful opportunity to celebrate female climbers, with an air of power and freedom.

"Climbing, as well as many forms of movement, is an activity that has the ability to exercise your brain, to build confidence, resilience, perception, self-esteem and help make you feel more relaxed."

Erene will also be hosting an International Women's Day group show at the Birdwood Bakery in Leigh, on until April 4.

Tomorrow evening - Thursday March 10 - at the same venue there will be a private viewing from 6-8pm.