Toys for survival
Toys for Survival invites survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse to join a free series of five sculpture workshops, facilitated by artist Leah Miller-Biot. These workshops will result in participants' sculptures being displayed in an exhibition at the Glasgow Women's Library, alongside work by professional artists and material from the Women's Aid Archive.
Please note, this opportunity is open to female identifying survivors aged 18+.
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The Toys for Survival workshops will be fun and playful. Participants will learn about traditional and unconventional sculpture materials and, in doing so, will engage with their sensory (and hopefully even sensual) selves. Through meeting other survivors, learning new skills, and exhibiting their creative pieces we hope that survivors will boost their personal and creative confidence. This will be an amazing chance to work together as a community of survivors to address the image of the survivor and to redefine survivors’ sensual selves on their own terms, starting with the experience of touch. A support worker from Glasgow East Women's Aid will be present throughout.
Over this five week course, survivors will learn new sculpture skills, resulting in their own tactile sculptures to be displayed in an exhibition at the Glasgow Women's Library in February 2020. This exhibition will display their sculptures together with work by three professional artists - Leah Miller-Biot, Maria De Lima and Joanna Peace - as well as selected material from the Women's Aid Archive. We are also running an archive session for the workshop participants at the Glasgow Women's Library, where they can interact with material from the Women's Aid Archive and learn about ways that women have fought and resisted in Scotland throughout history.
Supporting the Local Community
The Toys for Survival workshops are planned and lead by Leah Miller-Biot. You can see her creative work here.
Toys for Survival aims to introduce survivors to creative spaces in the Glasgow East area. The workshops will be held in the Market Gallery, a charitable visual arts organisation that presents a varied programme of contemporary exhibitions, projects and events. The sculptures created in the workshops will be displayed in a public exhibition at the Glasgow Women's Library, alongside work by professional artists Leah Miller-Biot, Maria De Lima and Joanna Peace.
The project will also result in a small publication, increasing the reach of the project to members of the public and survivors who could not attend the workshops. This publication will be a 'How-to Guide' of the workshops, including a breakdown of our processes and feedback from participants. It will be available for free download from the Uncovered Artistry website, can be picked up at the exhibition, and will be distributed to relevant women's groups.
Thank you to the Glasgow Connected Art Network and to Creative Scotland for funding this project!
Thank you as well to our Toys for Survival partners, Glasgow East Women's Aid, the Glasgow Women's Library and Market Gallery; to the professional artists, Leah Miller-Biot, Maria De Lima and Joanna Peace; and to Glasgow Women's Aid for their advice at the planning stages of this project.