Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture, Domestic Violence Response and Engage Art Studios present the exhibition Home Truths. Originally commenced in March 2020 and cancelled due to COVID-19 the exhibition 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.
Having reported incidents of domestic abuse, many women’s subsequent treatment at the hands of the legal system is disempowering and discouraging. Having entered these arenas with women, Home Truths sheds light on how the legal and court system in Ireland deals with domestic violence through women’s accounts of their experiences. Victims of domestic abuse has few visible champions. Women’s experiences of domestic violence are often lost in people’s misperceptions of who is to blame and why it occurs. The stark nature of physical, sexual, and psychological crimes perpetrated on women in their homes rarely finds its way into the public. Perpetrators rarely find themselves in court or if they get there, rarely face conviction and sentence. When such cases get to court, the cases are mostly heard in-camera and away from public scrutiny.
The mixed media exhibition features pieces from each of the commissioned artists that provide sombre and sobering insights into the painful and traumatic experiences of domestic violence and abuse that are visited on so many women and children.
Home Truths: The Exhibition
The exhibition is hosted in The Cornstore beside the Galway 2020 Wave Makers Hub and is open to visitors from 12pm to 4pm, Mondays to Saturdays. Strict COVID-19 public health protocols will be in place for anyone visiting the exhibition in person. The exhibition can also be viewed online at Home Truths Exhibition.
Home Truths: Social Media Campaign
For each day of the 16 Days of Action Campaign, we will share one testimony from the Home Truths project as an audio piece for the public to listen to and reflect on. You can follow this campaign daily on Galway 2020’s social channels.
Home Truths: Discussion
At 2pm on 10 December, Human Rights Day, we will host a special online panel discussion exploring the role of the arts in raising awareness around issues 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), Rachel Doyle (DVR), Carol Baumann (COPE Galway), Evelyn Glynn (Artist and DVR), Alison Lowry (Artist), Áine Phillips (Artist) and Catherine Morris (Writer and Academic). The Home Truths Discussion will be livestreamed at 2pm on Thursday 10 December. Livestream links will be available closer to the date.
Artists include: Evelyn Glynn, Alison Lowry, Áine Phillips, Blaise Drummond, Ruby Wallis, Catherine Morris