Survivors’ stories are being told through paintings, drawings, creative writing, photography and crafts in a new, free exhibition created by an art therapy student at the University of Chester.
Georgina Gill has organised the event at St Mary’s Creative Space in Chester this month, after being awarded funding from the University’s ACH1EVE fund.
The exhibition will run for three days from 13-15 June, and offers insights on aspects of survivors’ journeys in recovery from abuse. The work in the exhibition conveys how survivors use art for mindfulness, reflection, to explore ideas in a safe space, and to share their story.
She has worked with charities to co-ordinate the exhibition including: Survive; Tomorrow’s Women; WHAG (Women’s Housing Aid Group); the Spider Project and CSASS (Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service).
Georgina, who is from Crewe, studying a Master’s in art therapy and also volunteers in the community, said: “This project is about bringing together survivors of abuse, to allow them to express themselves creatively through their artwork, creative writing, photography or craft.
“The work on display looks to share experiences many survivors go through, and how art can be a way of processing these.”
She added that visitors can also learn more about charities and support, and explore potential options for volunteering and placements.
The exhibition will be open from 10am to 2pm each day at the Creative Space at St Mary’s Hill, in Chester city centre. Free refreshments will also be available.
Due to the sensitive nature of the artwork, the exhibition is only open to those who are 18 years old and above.
For further details on the exhibition and to book a free visit, please visit this website.