Basingstoke Ladies Choir, Lee Simmons, 2010
Workshops were held in safe-houses, where women and children whom had fled domestic violence lived in hiding. Sessions were also held for girls in abusive relationships, in outreach groups. Exercises included using painting and writing, that was later developed into art installations in town and city spaces around Basingstoke and Southampton.
In the pictured living sculpture words from the silenced women in safe-houses became songs performed by a choir in public space. The singers also wore the womens' hand painting. This took place alongside social art in a project led by Mary Swan, at Proteus Theatre Company. Further pieces included Martin Reid's photography, Jez Steven's digital art, and projection bombing with Roy Hanney.
Writer Kefi Chadwick, worked with the women in their creation of poetry and sharing of their stories, and contributed to several public space installations that used their words.
Project homepage: proteustheatre.com/participatory/participatory-archive/punchbag
The below PDF contains the womens' words.
Anon, water based paint on paper. 2010