More than 80 women have collaborated on a multi-discipline art exhibition exploring the stories and experiences of women in Wollongong.
Steel Gardens, featuring work created by Wollongong Women's Information Service clients, opens on Friday at Wollongong Art Gallery.
"It is the culmination of a whole range of creative activities of diverse groups of women," said Therese Quinn, WWIS community and cultural development officer and show curator.
"It has been a fantastic way for women to work with other women to share stories, connect and learn from one another."
The service, which provides programs for women experiencing domestic violence or disadvantage, linked six artists with 80 clients, helping them create work over several months.
Female elders from the Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation, also shared their experiences.
Steel Gardens features several large installations, and also includes song, dance, storytelling and weaving workshops.
"We shared our stories ... and there was some really beautiful relationships formed," said Aunty Bev Armer.