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Please come and join us! To mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

2019-11-05T17:05:28+00:00

Candlelit march

Thursday 28th November 2019

Next Link is inviting people to join its candlelit march to highlight the number of women and children affected by Domestic Abuse and Rape and Sexual Abuse. The march highlights the United Nation’s International Elimination of Violence against Women’s day.

Two women die and one child loses its mother every week, in the UK as a result of Domestic Abuse. What is also deeply disturbing is that there will be nearly 5000 recorded incidents of Domestic Abuse this year in Bristol and we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg as many women do not report it.

This is also the case with rape, we know that one in five women will experience rape or attempted rape yet statistics show that 40% of women who are raped tell no one about it. The purpose of the candle lit procession is to raise public awareness of domestic abuse and rape and let victims know the services that can help them.

The procession will leave Next Link, 5 Queen Square BS1 5JQ at 4.30pm and make its way to College Green.

Here, at 5pm, two larger candles will be lit by survivors to symbolise the two women who die each week through domestic abuse in this country. There will also be a minutes silence for gatherers to pay their respects to those whose lives have affected by domestic abuse, rape and sexual assault.

Please come and join us!
If you can please bring a jam jar or portable tealight holder- if not these will be provided alongside hot chocolate before the march

For more details contact sarah.o’leary@nextlinkhousing.co.uk or rosa.watkin@missinglinkhousing.co.uk

Please come and join us! To mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women2019-11-05T17:05:28+00:00

“Women who have experienced domestic violence tell their stories” Great to see this in the Bristol Post.

2019-11-01T15:54:41+00:00
“Women who have experienced domestic violence tell their stories” Great to see this in the Bristol Post.2019-11-01T15:54:41+00:00

World-renowned artist Yoko Ono sends her poem ‘Rising’ to be included in ARISING – a collaborative artwork with our survivors – at the Georgian House Museum, Bristol open Open Sat-Tue 11am-4pm, 28 Sept-31 Dec 2019, free entry.

2019-10-08T14:51:56+00:00

Interventions/2 is a series of avant-garde films by artist and activist, Yoko Ono.
The films will play in rooms throughout the Georgian House in Bristol from 28 September to 31 December 2019.
Saturday to Tuesday 11am-4pm.

Yoko Ono is an artist whose thought-provoking work challenges people’s understanding of art and the world around them. From the beginning of her career, she was a Conceptualist whose work encompassed performance, instructions, film, music, and writing.

This special solo exhibition – featuring influential conceptual works – aims to open conversation about historical and contemporary issues.

Arising – is a more recent work addressing the abuse of women will also feature within the exhibition. It was first exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2013.

Next Link and Safe Link are delighted to be collaborators with the curator, Bristol artist and composer, Jimmy Galvin and Bristol Museum in this work.

Survivors who have used our services have written about their experience of being abused and these commentaries will be on display as part of the Arising piece.
We will be available to anyone who visits the exhibition who wishes to talk about their own experiences and needs support. We have completed awareness training for the museum staff who will be on site.

“Art is one of the few authentic platforms that allows us to have difficult but necessary conversations,” says Jimmy Galvin “and this will be, in effect, a show within a show.”

Partnering with Next Link and Safe Link (safelinksupport.co.uk) for this part of the show, Jimmy explains “…for me it’s the most powerful.”

There are dozens of testimonies from victims of sexual and violent abuse; each has been asked to supply a photo of their eyes, to be placed in rows in a particular room.

This work is aimed to empower victims to speak openly about their trauma and also know that help is at hand.

“As with all great art, it gives us permission to open dialogue and create a better understanding of ourselves and our city’s past, as well as its future. I believe it is the job of art to reach out to the wider communities and keep us all engaged. The show’s subtext is art as activism; everybody has a voice and if they are given a platform to be heard we can improve our communities.”

Yoko Ono sends her Arising poem to be included in our Arising piece.

Listen to your heart
Respect your intuition
Make your manifestation
There’s no limitation
Have courage
Have rage
We’re all together

Follow your heart
Use your intuition
Make your manifestation
There’s no confusion
Have courage
Have rage
We’re rising

Rising © 1994 Yoko Ono

The Georgian House Museum 7 Great George Street Bristol BS1 5RR
Open Sat-Tue 11am-4pm
28 Sept-31 Dec 2019
Free entry
bristolmuseums.org.uk
imaginepeace.com
Curated/Jimmy Galvin

World-renowned artist Yoko Ono sends her poem ‘Rising’ to be included in ARISING – a collaborative artwork with our survivors – at the Georgian House Museum, Bristol open Open Sat-Tue 11am-4pm, 28 Sept-31 Dec 2019, free entry.2019-10-08T14:51:56+00:00

Thank you very much to Sheila from Waste & Surplus Food in Bristol who has just dropped off a large food donation. Here are Staff from our Next Link team loading up who will be taking it on to service users now.

2019-09-27T12:10:42+00:00
Thank you very much to Sheila from Waste & Surplus Food in Bristol who has just dropped off a large food donation. Here are Staff from our Next Link team loading up who will be taking it on to service users now.2019-09-27T12:10:42+00:00