Artwork and poetry exhibition in Newport

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Artwork and poetry by people affected by domestic abuse will feature in a pop-up gallery in Newport from today (Tuesday).

The exhibition has been organised to coincide with an international campaign ’16 Days of Action,’ which focuses on ending violence against women and girls.

The art on display will also include work by pupils at Carisbrooke College and Sandown Bay Academy who have focused on the issue of domestic abuse as part of their lessons this autumn.

Alongside the artwork, displays from agencies and organisations – including the Hampton Trust, Victim Support, Street Pastors who work with victims and families – will show what support is available locally.

Fleur Gardiner, domestic abuse co-ordinator at the Isle of Wight Council, said: “For the last two years we have invited people to take part in Reclaim the Night marches around the time of the 16 Days of Action, but this year we wanted to do something a bit different.

“The art work is of a very high standard and we hope that people, whether they have been affected by domestic abuse or not, will take a few minutes out of their day to visit the exhibition and find out a little more about the issues facing so many people on the Island – and the support available.”

Te exhibition runs at 143 High Street, Newport (former Island Images café) between Tuesday, November 27 and Friday, December 7.

For further details please contact Fleur Gardiner on 821000 ext 6332 or via email [email protected]

As part of the 16 Days of Action, the charity Victim Support has organised a self-defence class for women on December 9 at Lower Hyde holiday park, Shanklin. 

To book a place please call (01983) 533688.

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