Thank you for your support

12:35 pm, January 19, 2017

What an incredible fortnight it’s been for Southmead Project. On Monday 9 January  we launched the Wall of Silence: Secret, Hidden World – an inspirational display of artwork, sculptures and films created by adult survivors of child abuse.

The launch, which took place at Colston Hall, gave us the chance to welcome over 80 guests from across England and Wales for a whole day session exploring the complex issues surrounding child abuse.

Our CEO, Dr Mike Peirce,  began the event by describing the progress that the Project has made, and the impact it has had on the lives of those living as adults with child abuse.

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees delivered the keynote address and praised the Southmead Project for its work in supporting those who are living with the impact of child abuse.

In a passionate speech, Marvin Rees committed the City Council to support agencies across the city to ensure that victims are not alone.

Speaking before the event, Marvin said:  “We all have a role to play in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of children and young people and supporting those who have suffered abuse to enable the long process of recovery.

“The impacts of child abuse can last a lifetime and it’s important that survivors feel able to talk about that abuse and that their voices are heard. This exhibition gives a powerful insight into the experiences of those who have contributed and I hope their courage will help others with their own healing process.”

The message was echoed by Avon & Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens who used the launch to outline her vision for a policing environment where victims are supported and encouraged to come forward.

Those who attended were able to view the Wall of Silence: Secret, Hidden  World exhibition before it opened to the public. The moving collection of artworks, films and sculpture were displayed in Colston Hall’s historic box office area, where they remained for a week, free to view for the general public.

While incredibly moving and challenging, the artwork captures the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit and demonstrates the determination and strength of survivors to bring about change and reclaim their lives.

The Wall of Silence: Secret, Hidden World exhibition remained on show until  14 January. Thank you to  all those who took the time to come and see it – your support is invaluable. The Secret, Hidden world will travel around the country for the rest of the year and we will share details here when finalised.

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Challenging and inspirational

11:58 am, January 5, 2017

On Monday 9 January, Southmead Project’s Wall of Silence will return to Colston Hall to mark the opening of The Secret, Hidden World. This challenging and inspirational exhibition has been created by survivors of child abuse and seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the impact and prevalence of child abuse.

As organisers of the exhibition, Southmead Project hopes that Wall of Silence: The Secret, Hidden World will offer hope to other victims and those that are currently being abused; helping them know that they have a future, they are being heard and there is a way out.

Adults have used art, sculpture, poetry, paintings and film to express themselves and their feelings – and to speak the unspeakable. While undoubtedly moving and challenging, the artwork also captures the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit and demonstrates the determination and strength of survivors to bring about change and reclaim their lives.

“Child abuse in whatever form it may present itself, survives and thrives on silence,” says Dr Mike Peirce MBE, CEO of Southmead Project. “But no longer will it be hidden away, shunned or denied. With victims and survivors speaking out more and more, there has been a huge shift in the way their voices are now being heard. While there may be a very long way to go, this exhibition is another cog in that slow-turning wheel of change.”

Wall of Silence: The Secret, Hidden World takes place at Colston Hall, Bristol from Monday 9 – Saturday 14 January. For more information on the launch event, visit the  exhibition page  or www.colstonhall.org

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