Exhibition highlights Women in Adversity

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Women in adversity exhibition

An exhibition of handicraft pieces made by, and illustrating the stories of women facing adversity, be it poverty, disease, conflict or persecution, will open in the Glass Tank on 25 January 2016.

The exhibition, titled ‘Women in Adversity: Contemporary and traditional crafts as a source of hope and income’, is the centrepiece of this year’s Oxford Human Rights Festival organised by students from Oxford Brookes’ Development and Emergency Practice and Applied Architectural Design Masters programmes and BA Film Studies. 

The exhibition will include examples from the Palestinian History Tapestry, made by women in refugee camps in Gaza, the Keiskamma Tapestry which illustrates the life stories of the people in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and craftwork from Rajasthan, Thailand and Sri Lanka as well as closer to home with images and artefacts from the Suffragette and current protest movements.

We have worked together to create a diverse exhibition to raise awareness of the harsh realities faced by women throughout the world today. Understanding their struggles through craft is a sensitive approach to the hard-hitting issues such as poverty, conflict and HIV, which they face within their day to day lives.

Katie Reilly, student in Applied Design in Architecture (MArchD)

Applied Design in Architecture (MArchD) student Katie Reilly, who is one of the students organising this year’s festival said: “We have worked together to create a diverse exhibition to raise awareness of the harsh realities faced by women throughout the world today. Understanding their struggles through craft is a sensitive approach to the hard-hitting issues such as poverty, conflict and HIV, which they face within their day to day lives.”

Now in its fourteenth year, the Oxford Human Rights Festival at Oxford Brookes University raises awareness of human rights issues through the arts.  More information about events taking place throughout the Festival can be found on the Oxford Human Rights Festival website.

The exhibition will run until 19 February 2016 in the Glass Tank gallery on the Headington Campus of Oxford Brookes University. Admission is free and open to all.

Oxford Human Rights Festival