LOUD SKY //

26 MARCH - 15 MAY 2022

Stories of survival uncovered through the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Hunter Region will come to the foreground in this unique exhibition.

LOUD SKY
26 MARCH - 15 MAY 2022

Content warning: Child sexual abuse

Stories of survival uncovered through the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Hunter Region will come to the foreground in this unique exhibition.

LOUD SKY invites contemporary artists to create new work in response to the stories of survivors. The focus of the exhibition is not intended to highlight trauma, but rather the experiences of survival in the aftermath of trauma; for those immediately affected, family members, and the wider community within the context of the Hunter region. The title of the exhibition extends the actions inherent in the ‘loud fence’ movement where community members tie ribbons to the fences of churches, schools and orphanages as an act of remembering those who have suffered or died.

The exhibition will work with elements of survivor and community stories and explore the nature of remembrance, survival, resilience, and healing. The importance of memorial work is central to the healing of individuals and communities and this project acknowledges that the Hunter region was profoundly impacted by institutional child abuse, particularly in the Catholic and Anglican Churches.

Curated by Dr Rod Pattenden and Dr Kath McPhillips in collaboration with The Lock-Up and the Clergy Abused Network.

If this topic raises any concerns for you, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, DV Connect on 1800 811 811, or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.