Coming soon will be a special feature film Poets Shout Out. Featuring local Caribbean poets in performance and in conversation with researchers and activists, the film will be an acknowledgement of International Artists Day which takes place on 25 October and which aims to celebrate the contribution all artists make to society by promoting and raising their credibility and visibility locally and around the world www.internationalartistday.comAlthough we are highlighting poets, we recognise and celebrate all of those artists across the Caribbean who use their art to document violence at the personal, community and societal level and who use art to challenge bystander apathy and empower victims. From Calypso to Rapso, through Film and Festival, whether the medium is Photo, Paint, Digital, Dance or Drama and across every genre of Literature and Music, Caribbean artists have been tackling the subject of violence for as long as memory.
Art has been an important part of the human experience for time out of mind, the first records of the world are not written in books, but are captured in paintings, sculptures, and music that helps to paint a picture of world lost to the past...International Artists Day honors those creative souls that will leave a record of today for the future that can’t be captured in history books.
That artists are as relevant today as they have been throughout history in confronting violence is exemplified in the latest book on child sexual abuse in the Caribbean. Published by Palgrave Macmillan, Treating Child Sexual Abuse in Family, Group and Clinical Settings: Culturally Intelligent Practice for Caribbean and International Contexts dedicates a whole section of the book to the importance of art to the healing of the self, the community and, essentially, in work with children.
This book, like all three in the series, features the work of Jaime Lee Loy on its cover.
Jaime is a contemporary artist and writer from Trinidad. This ‘Landscape’ is from the installation ‘The Roach’ and is a deconstruction of flowers from a bouquet that was sent to her studio. An intrusive and unwanted gift from an abuser, the flowers carried implicit messages of control and coercion (http://jaimeleeloy.com/). Confronted by the note from the flower shop “How to care for your arrangement” Jaime’s reworking of the petals is an act of self-empowerment that could be re-read as “How to care for yourself”. Jaime is a conceptual artist and a writer of considerable acclaim. Her work is subtle and her shout, though not loud, can be incredibly disconcerting. We celebrate Jaime Lee Loy for using her work to tackle domestic violence and child abuse.
And as for shouting out the None in Three team has been very vocal…
Our first Knowledge Dissemination Event was held in Barbados. We presented emerging findings from our research with women in especially vulnerable or marginalised circumstances and on the perspectives of men and youth. We shared our plans for the first prototype of the anti-violence computer game we are developing for schools and for the psycho-social survey that will measure its effectiveness. We heard from the inspirational Dr Morella Joseph, an Educationalist from St Lucia and formerly of CARICOM, on the links between violence in the home and the school. In his closing speech and echoing some of the findings of our research, EU Ambassador Mikael Barfod challenged us all to rethink the role of constructions of dominant masculine identities in perpetuating violence.
The None in Three Newsletter was a shout out in recognition of the importance of partnership working in tackling DV. Featuring models of good practice from Grenada, the Newsletter was distributed to every island in the region.
None in Three participated in European Researchers’ Night, a Research Festival for the public organised by the University of Huddersfield. Dave Smith, our Game Developer, talked about the creation of the computer game and showcased our poster:
A Research Seminar ‘Boys to Men: Male Perspectives on Domestic Violence presented by Professor Adele Jones as part of the Seminar Series by the Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research at the University of Huddersfield.