Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, Domestic Violence Response and Engage Art Studios present Home Truths. Originally commenced in March 2020 and cancelled due to COVID-19 the project is now being presented to coincide with the annual 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.
Home Truths looks at women’s experience of and engagement with the Irish courts and legal system in dealing with domestic violence and abuse. Evelyn Glynn has gathered women’s testimonies of their court experiences and artists Blaise Drummond, Alison Lowry, Áine Philips and Ruby Wallis have been commissioned to respond to these testimonies. The Home Truths exhibition is currently open to the public from 12pm to 4pm daily in The Cornstore in Galway city centre.
Thursday 10 December is Human Rights Day and to mark this day and the end of the 16 Days of Action campaign we will host a special a special panel discussion involving some of the Home Truths artists alongside advocates working in domestic violence support services.
The discussion will explore the role of the arts in raising awareness around issue such as domestic violence and also the impact that the lockdowns of 2020 have had on incidences of domestic violence and abuse. Joining the discussion will be Sarah Benson (Women’s Aid), Donna Murphy (COPE Galway), Rachel Doyle (Domestic Violence Response), Evelyn Glynn (Artist and Domestic Violence Response), Alison Lowry (Artist), Áine Phillips (Artist) and Catherine Morris (Writer and Academic). The Home Truths Discussion will be livestreamed on Galway 2020’s Facebook page at 2pm on Thursday 10 December.