The Little Paper Slipper project will be a programme of art workshops held in women's refuges across the UK, culminating in a public exhibition. The project was created by Marie-Louise Jones, a visual artist who has previously been commissioned to make work for Women's Aid and for International Women's Day 2012. Marie-Louise has facilitated many community engagement workshops, exhibitions and creative projects.
The Purpose of The Little Paper Slipper:
By helping fund this project you will enable a series of inspirational and empowering workshops to take place where women can explore, imagine and create by using art as a means of self expression. Art and creative expression are proven to help victims of all forms of physical and emotional violence to express themselves, across cultural, linguistic and religious barriers. Often people struggle to put into words what they can express through art, and this is a cathartic experience which is vital in taking steps to overcome the emotional trauma of domestic abuse.
Why We Need The Money:
We need funding to make this project happen. A series of workshops will take place over a 2 month duration in various women's refuges and will culminate in an exhibition of all works created throughout the project. Not only will this enable the women involved to express themselves, the exhibition will also highlight the issue of domestic abuse within our society and create a catalyst for discussion and awareness.
We would like to also point out that artists and assistants working on this project will be unpaid for their time and by contributing to this project you will enable us to purchase the materials needed for the art workshops, enable the workshop facilitator and assistants to travel to the various refuges so the women can participate in a safe and comfortable environment, and can help cover costs towards securing a gallery for an exhibition which will enable the public to view the women's artworks.
Why 'The Little Paper Slipper'?
The project is entitled 'The Little Paper Slipper' due to it's fairytale referencing, the workshops will be using the Cinderella story as a vehicle for expression. The original name for the Cinderella story is 'The Little Glass Slipper' (as written by Charles Perrault in 1697). The women will use the workshops to make shoes created out of paper, the shoe will then be embellished with the creators memories, encounters, beliefs, aspirations, fears, desires..anything the women wish to share about their own personal experiences and life journeys...
At least 1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, yet less than half of all incidents are reported to the police. However, the police still receive one domestic abuse call every minute in the UK....It takes an enormous amount of courage for women to take the first vital step in escaping domestic abuse and find the support they need to rebuild there lives.
We would like to thank you for taking the time to read about our project and hope you will join us in making The Little Paper Slipper story come to life!
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