Art display with a vital message

One of the ceramic figures created by Angie Hardwick to highlight the issue of domestic abuse

by ANTONY CLAY

CERAMIC figures with a stark message about domestic abuse will be on display at a Rotherham arts venue until the new year.

The figures, which have appeared at the Festival of the Mind exhibition at Sidney & Matilda in the Rivelin Works on Sidney Street in Sheffield, can be seen in the street window space of ROAR — Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance — on Westgate.

Artist Angie Hardwick is showing a selection of figures that represent the 33 per cent of women affected by domestic violence to raise awareness of the issue which has become more prevalent during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

A ROAR spokeswoman said: “ This vitally important art installation uses ceramics to depict the impact of domestic violence and abuse (DVA).

“To create works that reflect the physical, psychological and emotional effects of DVA, artist Angie Hardwick has collaborated with Dr Parveen Ali (Health Sciences School). In a series of consultations, survivors discussed those effects. The artworks incorporate their words, giving the installation a powerful immediacy which Angie hopes will help raise awareness of DVA and give hope to others.”

The full installation at Festival of the Mind presented more than 100 ceramic figures, 33 of which are damaged representing the proportion of women impacted by abuse.

The installation aims to raise awareness of the five areas of abuse — verbal, sexual, physical, mental and coercive.

More information can be found at https://festivalofthemind.sheffield.ac.uk/2020/protopia/phoenix/ and https://festivalofthemind.sheffield.ac.uk/2020/spiegeltent/phoenix-podcast/

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