In 1971 the charity Refuge opened the world's first safe house for women and children escaping domestic violence. At the time, domestic violence was often seen as a 'private matter', something to be dealt with 'behind closed doors'; society often turned a blind eye. For more information about the work of the charity, see http://www.refuge.org.uk/who-we-are/
Although societal attitudes have changed, domestic violence remains a shockingly current issue. On any given day Refuge still supports more than 4,600 women, children and men. The charity Women’s Aid identify that on average two women are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week in England and Wales; on average the police receive an emergency call relating to domestic abuse every 30 seconds. [figures from https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/how-common-is-domestic-abuse/]
What does it mean when ‘home’ is not a place of safety?
What difference can it make to have somewhere to go to when a home is not safe?
The open call to artists and creatives on the the theme of Refuge: in search of safety is still open. We want to understand what you as an artist, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, photographer, poet understand by the concept of a place of safety. We want you to challenge and inspire us to think about our own concept of refuge.
Submissions for artworks inspired by the theme of Refuge: in search of safety must be received by no later than Monday 27th March 2017. For details of how to submit, please see below.