Date(s): Nov 7th - Dec 31st 2007
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Mayo Women's Support Services launched the In Safe Hands Bowl exhibit in Ballina Library on 27th November at 12 noon. Mayo Women’s Support Services are celebrating 10 years of working in the community, and as part of their continued celebration to mark their joint ten year anniversary with Mayo Rape Crisis Centre, they commissioned a creative project involving the casting of hands to form a bowl symbolising the shared experience of women using the services. Staff were also invited to take part in the project.
What has evolved out of this process is a unique and very beautiful sculpture.The idea behind this piece is to acknowledge and give form to the women who use these services and their personal journeys. These women are not just the statistics we read about in government reports and newspaper articles. These women are real human beings, unique individuals and they carry their own original blueprint. This piece goes some of the way to honouring their courage and strength, and will last as a memorial to, and a celebration of, not just these, but all women, who find themselves the victims of abuse. In commissioning this piece, the invaluable work carried out by both the Mayo Rape Crisis Centre and the Mayo Women’s Support Services is highlighted. Their commitment and enduring resolve, sometimes in the face of adversity, often goes unnoticed or unsupported. It is vital that their work continues into the future, so that more women may find themselves In Safe Hands. This year also marks the 17th year of the global 16 Days of Action Opposing Violence against Women. The exhibit will be part of this year's action and will remain on show in the library until Christmas