New art installation by Trevi honours women who were murdered in 2020.
As part of their commitment to supporting women, Trevi are proud to unveil an art installation based at Plymouth Guildhall from the 25th November to 10th December. The installation recognises the importance of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign whilst remembering the 108 women who died in the UK as a result of femicide in 2020 as highlighted by the work ‘Counting Dead Women’ of Karen Ingala Smith.
16 Days of Activism is an international campaign originally launched by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership to raise awareness of and prevent violence against women and girls. 2021 marks 30 years of activism from the global campaign and centres around femicide or the gender-related killing of women.
Trevi, a nationally award-winning women’s and children’s charity based in South West England, provides safe and nurturing spaces for women in recovery to heal, grow and thrive. Our vision is to help women in recovery move from ‘surviving’ to ‘thriving’, and a life without fear of violence is central to this.
The concept will display 108 pairs of black shoes, each honouring a woman who lost her life as a result of gender-based violence. One pair of red shoes will also be included in the display to recognise World Aids Day on the 1st December. Trevi are planning an opening ceremony on the 25th of November to launch the installation and open the discussion around violence against women.
This unique installation was conceived in collaboration with Plymouth City Council and many third sector agencies across the city. They are working to prevent violence against women and girls, including Devon and Cornwall Police and The Eddystone Trust.
Hannah Shead, Trevi CEO, says, ‘It is a genuine privilege to honour the 108 women who were murdered in 2020 – however, in collecting these shoes, the grim reality of the scale of the murders has struck all involved in preparing this exhibition. These shoes represent 108 women who should be alive now, spending time with their friends or families. They aren’t, and we will mourn them together over the next 16 days.
‘My sense of sadness is only matched by an anger anger that these women were murdered so brutally and senselessly. It is for this reason that we shall continue to campaign against male violence and fight for a world in which women can be safe.’
Visitors can view the installation at the Plymouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Plymouth PL1 2BJ, between Thursday 25 November and Friday 10 December 2021.