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A Space For All Voices

A Space For All Voices

December 12-19, 2013


Opening Reception
December 12, 2013
6:30 – 8:30pm

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art have partnered to raise awareness about violence against women and girls through an exhibition of clay works created over a period of 12-weeks within a healing expressive arts group. Ten women participated in the Gardiner Expressive Arts Group, which is a program of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic that is run each year from September to December. Art therapist Suzanne Thomson, and artist Susan Low-Beer facilitate the Gardiner group. This year, group participants were asked to reflect on the following lines from a poem by Adrienne Rich, “Spirit like water moulded by unseen stone.”  The intent was for each of the women to respond to Rich’s words by sculpting in clay their unique experiences of trauma. The result of their explorations will culminate in an exhibition at the Gardiner Museum entitled A Space for all Voices. The exhibition will run at the Gardiner Museum from December 12 through December 19, 2013. The opening night Reception will take place at the Gardiner Museum on December 12, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Last year the Barbra Schlifer Clinic and the Gardiner Museum celebrated their decade-long partnership by collaborating on a 10th anniversary retrospective exhibition called Transformation by Fire: Women Overcoming Violence Through Clay. The Gardiner Museum recently received the Award of Excellence in Exhibitions for Transformation by Fire: Women Overcoming Violence Through Clay by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA). 


Group Statement

I am finding my voice through the gift of creativity

Sharing my story, I reclaim my power

I was born to please my father's tribe

Phoenix rises from the ashes

Giving voice to something that is beyond words

From fragments to whole

Celebrating the immensity of human experience

We are but many voices, with different perspectives and experiences

We come together as a community with respect

Transforming our lives through the transformation of clay

Freeing our spirits to experience art

Daring the deep

Willingness to cross over

Sharing our journeys in recreating our resilience


The Barbra Schlifer Clinic: is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence.  The Clinic assists over 5,000 women a year to build lives free from violence through counselling, legal representation and language interpretation. To learn more about the Clinic and the services it offers, please visit schliferclinic.com

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