LONDON, ENGLAND, September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Held in conjunction with Christie's, the Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation (SCCF) is hosting In The Name of Honour, a ground-breaking Contemporary art exhibition at One Mayfair exploring violence against women, gender and the female body. Taking place from 19-22 September, the exhibition will open with a special Gala Event on 18 September at One Mayfair.---
With one in four women in the UK suffering abuse in their lifetime, and with some 3000 reported cases of honour-based violence each year, there is an urgent need for action. The 18-22 September 2013 will mark an important week as the SCCF launches their gala evening and sale of artworks to raise funds for victims of abuse. The artworks will be on display and open to the public until 22 September, during which time educational days, workshops and artist talks will also take place. Top Criminal Behavioural Analyst Laura Richards is advising the SCCF on its educational programme.
The exhibition will feature 45 works for sale by both emerging and internationally acclaimed contributors of different ages from around the globe. This includes ground-breaking feminist artists from the 1970s and 80s, such as Jenny Holzer and Alexis Hunter as well as a younger generation of artists addressing gender issues, such as Vanessa Beecroft, Mona Hatoum and Sarah Lucas. There are also representatives of the new wave of young and emerging feminist artists, including Faiza Butt, Amalia Caputo, Shadi Ghadirian, Manal Al-Dowayan and Sarah Maple. A number of works have been created especially for In the Name of Honour. The majority of works will be available to purchase on the launch night, with 10 going under the hammer for the gala's live auction. The rest will be available subsequently throughout the week, with five to be auctioned via the Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art sale at South Kensington on 24 September.
In the Name of Honour also features a special selection of celebrity drawings created specifically for the event by names such as Patrick Stewart, Helen Mirren, Rosario Dawson, Tom Hardy, Maggie Smith and Ben Elton, to name a few. These include an edition by Prime Minister David Cameron. The celebrity drawings will be sold via silent auctions at the gala dinner.
"Domestic Violence is one of the greatest overlooked problems in our society," says SCCF Director Antonia Packard. "To date, domestic violence has been largely viewed as a private matter and a gender issue. We have to get to the place where society sees domestic violence as a violation of human rights over everything else. With the public's support, I hope that we can get to a place where we are not scared to speak out against abusers, and to see abusive behaviour as a crime."
Says curator Jenny Christensson: "The In the Name of Honour exhibition and sale of contemporary art has from the outset had two aims: to raise awareness of violence against women around the world and to raise money for the work that the Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation does in the UK to support victims of domestic violence. With this in mind we invited artists whose work addresses either gender issues or violence against women to donate artworks to our project. We have been overwhelmed by the response, which has in all cases been immediate, generous and engaged. Whether female or male, all of the participating artists are passionate about these issues and many of them have dedicated their lives, through their art, to communicating them.
The works in the exhibition address a range of gender-based issues, including the representation of the female body in the media, the role of religion (Christianity, Judaism and Islam) in the oppression of women, domestic and honour-based violence, trafficking, Female Genital Mutilation, the continued use in some cultures of capital punishment as a sentence for women accused of so-called "sexual crimes" and the vulnerability of women to sexual assault in conflict situations. Many of the works challenge us and encourage us to confront matters we would prefer to avoid, but it is exactly this that the very best art sets out to do."
In The Name of Honour Programme:
All events held at One Mayfair.
Wednesday 18 September
Gala evening and auction, conducted by Tom Best of Christie's
Thursday 19 September
Lunch Talk (12:30-14:00)
Evening Lecture (18:30-20:00)
Friday 20 September
Artist Talk with Faiza Butt and fellow artists
Curator led tour (18:00-20:00 TBC)
Saturday 21 September
Words of Support from selected Artists:
"When I was asked to contribute towards this exhibition I jumped at the chance. I am a firm believer that all of humankind should be respected regardless of gender, race, religion or disability. The most important women in my life - my mother and my fiancee - are two of the toughest, kindest and most hardworking people I know. I would cut off my own hand to ensure that nobody ever laid a finger on them."
- Vincent Edmond Louis
"Gender issues in a cross-cultural context underpin the concepts in my work... To participate in the Sarah Charlton Charitable Foundation's project means a lot to me as it gives me the exact platform and opportunity that my work is relevant to. Not only is this very ambitious project bringing together a flurry of extraordinary talent, it raises awareness and initiates dialogue... in a social situation where domestic abuse and empowerment of women is still not getting the focus it needs. I feel privileged to be part of such a worthy cause and make my contribution towards it."
- Faiza Butt
"Domestic violence is an issue that plagues households of all backgrounds across the world. Greater public awareness is critical in empowering victims and limiting future abuse. I am pleased my work will play a small part in serving this important cause that the Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation has put forward."
- Kris Martin
"It has always been unfathomable to me to see how oppressed woman are in the world. I see it in myself as a young woman in the art world... I want to be in this exhibition because I'm glad finally someone is talking about this issue and trying to do something about it. I am 'honoured' in all the right ways to be in this show."
- Schandra Singh
"My heart hurts for girls in the world that are so vulnerable. Awareness of the position of these women in the world is so important. If we can prevent anyone's death through this exhibition, I am glad to be part of this project, which is informing and changing the lives of women."
- Sokari Douglas Camp
"In my country, Saudi Arabia, there is no agency or study that has documented the amount of abuse that both women and children are subjected to on a daily basis, so society lives in a state of constant denial. There is no system or structure to protect or defend the abused, so the abused are repeatedly handed over to their abusers. The 2003 Arab Human Development Report identified the 'deficit in women's empowerment' as one of three key impediments to 'progress in the Arab world'... Knowing that women represent half of all communities, their potential and energy become valuable resources for a healthy society, neglecting their safety and rights can only lead to a spiralling negative effect on the societies that they belong to. Today politicians, activists, writers and artists are addressing this issue with urgency... but the abusers continue to abuse."
- Manal Al-Dowayan
"It seems to me that women do most of the unvalued and unseen work in the world in return for the least financial rewards and the lowest status, and on top of that they are frequently victims of domestic violence and psychological abuse. Any charity that tries to help with this is extremely important."
- Chantal Joffe
"As an artist dealing with issues of gender, eventually one comes to the place most people chose to avoid - violence specific to gender, especially domestic violence. The more I learn, the more committed I became to creating art that shocks people into awareness, into recognition, into action."
- Andi Arnovitz
"For me, to be an artist is to say something about the world around you and to encourage social change. This is why it is so important to me to be a part of something like this. What the Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation is doing is so important. By raising awareness and much-needed funds, they can create direct changes to our communities and society we live in. As a feminist artist this is something very close to my heart."
- Sarah Maple
"My piece, Impunities, was possible thanks to the many institutions in London working in domestic violence. I realised this project in 2012 in London and have worked in collaborations with women's shelters, who put me in direct contact with victims of domestic violence. I therefore felt it was natural to donate studies of Impunities to an institution that works in this field. This problem is unfortunately global, and violence against woman still absorbed and hidden in most of societies."
- Nadia Kaabi-Linke
"I'm an artist, a woman, a mother... The cause of this project therefore is part of me and my art. Feminine pain, gender inequality, mistreatment and abuse have been part of my life, source of emotional stresses, pains, tears and creative invocation. They formed fertile grounds for my decade-old project Woman as meat or Life/God in a Sausage. Many people think domestic violence is an intimate issue, but it's not! It's a societal sin/problem! Many women choose to die, keeping it a secret. I participated in this project because a reason to die should become a call to stand up and fight!"
- Svetlana K Lie
"As a feminist activist in the 1980s, I volunteered with rape crisis and supported numerous women leaving violent situations. One of the things that most attracted me to pottery was its capacity to carry a story. Pottery is domestic: it lives in the kitchen, the site of any amount of domestic abuse and peculiarly associated with both violence and nurturing. Pottery could be smashed, and it could be restored. The metaphor was resonant of the expression we used in Rape Crisis. The raped woman was 'a survivor.' She could recover, piece herself back together and continue a new and, probably, different life. Some women do not survive. Some of my pots, are not fully 'restored.' The missing shards are my memorial to them. In the Name of Honour is the perfect context to show, Remembering Atefeh. I made this pot, which names one 16 year old girl, as a memorial and a call for action for the great many girls and young women who are murdered by family or imprisoned and executed by the state for violating a social code but who, in reality, were themselves grossly violated."
- Claudia Clare
Notes for Editors:
Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation
The Sara Charlton Charitable Foundation (SCCF) is a grant-making charity dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse, including honour-based violence, in the United Kingdom. The SCCF was formally established in early 2011 in memory of Sara Charlton, a woman who dedicated her life to helping vulnerable women. The SCCF has a clear understanding of what the sector desperately needs, and seeks to raise funds for a larger number of IDVAs (trained workers who work with high risk victims of domestic abuse - those who are in danger of serious harm or death) across the UK and improve IDVA services at a local as well as national level. The SCCF also funds Prevention Workers, who are trained to educate children and young adults (male and female) on healthy relationships and domestic abuse. They work with schools and youth groups and can also act as a point of contact for those experiencing abuse in the home. They believe that it is fundamental to teach 12-18 year olds about the issue in order to break the cycle of abuse. For more information, visit http://www.saracharltoncharity.com
Christie's is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie's offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $80 million. Christie's has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong. Christie's also offers its clients worldwide access to its sales through Christie's LIVE its unique, real-time online bidding service. For more information, visit http://www.christies.com
Antonia Packard, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Antonia Packard is the CEO of the Sarah Charlton Charitable Foundation, where she oversees the running of the charity, specifically spear-heading initiatives to raise awareness of domestic abuse and fundraising. In addition to this, she also works closely with grassroots organisations in order to establish new initiatives. Other charitable work includes sitting on the board of The Rank Fellowship (part of The Rank Foundation) and being Chairman of the Young Marlburian Foundation- an initiative that support young people through better education. Before this she worked at the independent television production company CTVC.
Jenny Christensson, Curator
Curator Jenny Christensson completed her BA Honours in History of Art from the Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, USA, going on to receive her MA in Contemporary Art from the Sotheby's Institute of London. She is currently curator at Alan Gignoux Photography, and was previously curator for Art Lights London (2009-12) while other experience includes the Wilkinson Gallery, the Impressionist and Modern Art department at Sotheby's London, and the South London gallery. Prior to this, Christensson worked at leading advertising agency Bates Dorland.
Rhea Gargour, Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Rhea Gargour completed her Masters of Law at the University College London in 2009, where she was awarded Distinction (First) for her thesis entitled 'The Second Violation: A Case for the Abolishment of a Jury Trial in Rape Cases'. Before this she also attended BPP Law School and Warwick University, graduating with a BA Honours in Law and Sociology from the latter in 2006. Gargour works closely with the CEO in running the charity, specifically using her knowledge of the sector to advise on effectively allocating funds and other initiatives in order to protect victims. Gargour previously worked with domestic violence charities CAADA, Refuge and international law firm Olswang.
Laura Richards, Criminal Behavioural Analyst and Educational Programme Advisor
Laura Richards is a criminal behavioural analyst and adviser who has worked in intelligence and serious crime for the last decade at New Scotland Yard. Richards set up the first Homicide Prevention Unit in the UK, as well as heading up the Violent Crime Intelligence and Analysis Unit in the Metropolitan Police Service and was responsible for establishing third party reporting and intelligence protocols with the first Sexual Assault Referral Centre (the Haven) in London. Richards advises the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Police Services across the UK and the Home Office on violent crime and public protection, the Independent Police Complaints Commission regarding the murders in Essex and has recently developed the Home Office training on Stalking and Harassment in collaboration with Women's Aid Federation for England and Wales. Richards is co-author of the recently published Policing Domestic Violence, which is part of the Practical Policing Guide series published by Oxford University Press. She also spearheaded the Stalking Law Reform Campaign and was specialist adviser to the Parliamentary Stalking Law Reform Inquiry and was responsible for developing the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour based Violence (DASH 2009) Risk Identification, Assessment and Management Model on behalf of ACPO and in partnership with CAADA. Richards provides advice on rape, domestic violence and stalking cases, as well as on homicides including so-called 'honour killings'. She currently trains front line practitioners, nationally and internationally, on risk identification, assessment and management.
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