New NYC Exhibition update!

I’m delighted to let you know that the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition is continuing its run in New York and, sponsored by the Kupona Foundation, has moved to the acclaimed Cornelia Street cafe in Greenwich Village.

The exhibition will run from February 28th – May 2nd 2017. More details can be found here:

Cornelia Street Cafe art

All of the work on show at the Cafe is for sale with the proceeds going directly to women suffering from obstetric fistula in Tanzania. For more information click on the link below or contact kupona.art@gmail.com.

http://www.artpal.com/KUPONAART

NYC exhibition update

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The Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula exhibition at the Kimmel Galleries in NYC has been extended through December this year! I am delighted of course and this is great news as it will allow the exhibition to reach a bigger audience and continue the good work in raising awareness and increasing understanding of the experience of fistula. The reaction to the show up to now has been really encouraging…below is a comment on progress from sponsors and organisers, the Kupona Foundation.

To see a slide show of the work in the exhibition check out the dedicated page on this site.

So far, the exhibition has raised over $26,000 in support and sponsorship as we fight to end fistula within a generation. It has also triggered multiple conversations with potential new partners. Our Twitter chat the day of the launch made over 3 million impressions, and our efforts to publicize the exhibition continue. We have been thrilled by the response, and are so grateful for support from the artist, Jac Saorsa, and our sponsors Johnson & Johnson, Fistula Foundation, the UNFPA-led Campaign to End Fistula and New York University’s Kimmel Center and College of Global Public Health.

New York Exhibition open!

The Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula 2016 exhibition is now open!

I am in New York, the work is hung, and I am preparing for the launch night – it kicks off at 7pm tonight and we are looking forward to a great evening. Being back in the city is strange for me as it harbours  many memories. I lived here while studying at the New York Academy…  it has been an emotional few days for very many reasons and on very many levels.

I will post images of the whole show, and of tonight’s event, once I get back to the UK…in the meantime here is a ‘teaser shot’ shot of part of the show on the wall at the Kimmel gallery.

My grateful thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to help me realise this exhibition

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A clay head, and a second visit to Tanzania

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Here is a clay head that I made as a piece for the current exhibition at the Waterloo Teahouse gallery in Cardiff. It is based on some of the drawings and portraits in the show. My thanks to all those who are continuing to support the exhibition as it runs to the end of the month, your feedback has been very encouraging and sometimes very moving.  I am looking forward to seeing some of you there tomorrow evening when I and Professor Alison Fiander will be giving a talk and inviting discussion about the Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula Project. For those of you unable to attend I will post a transcript of Alison’s talk here on the site after the event.

I am looking forward also to traveling back to Tanzania next month where I will be visiting the The Mabinti Centre. I will be running creative workshops with the women there who are learning how to build new lives for themselves, having undergone fistula surgery. I am hoping to create another body of work when I get back for an exhibition next year in the US.

great news for the Drawing out OF project!

The Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula Project is set to continue in a big way thanks to much appreciated support from Johnson and Johnson and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Johnson and Johnson, who sponsored the exhibition last month at the RCOG in London are now supporting me to return to Tanzania in September. I will be working there with the women who are recovering from fistula surgery and are staying at the Mabinti Centre in Dar Es Salaam where they are being supported physically and psychologically while learning creative and business skills in order to resume a normal life. I visited Mabinti on my first visit to Dar (see previous post) and this time, along with making sketches and notes to produce a further body of work for the project, I will be running drawing and lino-cut printing workshops with the women there.

At the Mabinti Centre , Dar Es Salaam

At the Mabinti Centre , Dar Es Salaam

Johnson & Johnson, a long standing supporter of fistula programmes, makes great efforts to reduce fistula and maternal mortality by ‘scaling-up’ access to maternal health services and skilled birth attendants.The infographic below was produced for the Campaign to End Fistula in partnership with Johnson and Johnson.

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Fistula Infographic – JNJ UNFPA – 500K

I am looking forward very much to the trip, and to making new work towards a major exhibition at  the Johnson and Johnson Headquarters in New Brunswick NJ next year, before touring around public venues throughout the USA!

On the ward

On the ward

On the ward

She looks tiny. Very young

as she lay covered in the rough cotton sheet

one thin arm visible

a chin

the sole of a foot

motionless, sleeping

under the window

through which the soft, warm breeze is blowing.

A woman comes

brings her food and wakes her.

She is tiny. But not young.

Drenched in urine

the pale blue gown is soaked through.

The woman who has come helps her up

and she follows

slowly, obediently

out of the ward.

As she passes she glances at me

an old face, careworn

full of emotional pain

all defiance gone

all defences down.

She glances at me but only for a second

before she lowers her eyes.

Urine runs down her legs.

She looks tiny.