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Exhibition With Artwork From Child Victims Of Domestic Abuse

Local charity Rising Sun opened an art exhibition in The Beaney, Canterbury, showcasing artwork made through their support programme.

The exhibition ‘Changing The Pattern: The Next Generation’ highlights the charity’s ‘Project Liberty’ which supports girls and young women who are vulnerable to exploitation and domestic abuse.

The artwork created by young girls focuses on uplifting women and girl power, whilst the adolescent boys’ art portrays their views on relationships.


The exhibition was launched on 25 November which is UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Rob Walker, a youth worker from Rising Sun said: “Our youth service supports adolescents who have suffered from domestic abuse, and help them to deal with emotions like anxiety and anger.”

“We help young people to be creative and express their feelings through art.  The creative element of our service is where the artwork came from and it was so powerful and good that we wanted it to be exhibited.  We work in partnership with Beaney to display the exhibition and have had lots of positive feedback about the art.”

Rising Sun support people from Canterbury, Ashford and Swale.

Peter O’Mahoney, 21, said: “I saw the exhibition promoted online so I thought I’d check it out.  As a child I was troubled and I actually connected with some of the artwork.  It’s really heartfelt.”

The exhibition is open until 21 January.

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