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Transformation By Fire: Women Overcoming Violence Through Clay

Thu Feb 07 to Apr 28, All Day

February 7 – April 28, 2013

For the last ten years the Gardiner Museum and the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic have partnered to offer an engaging series of Art Therapy groups for women who have experienced violence. Since 2003, clients of the Schlifer Clinic have worked with a professional artist (Susan Low-Beer) and an art therapist (Suzanne Thomson) in the Museum’s clay studios to sculpt their trauma narratives in clay, transforming their pain and reconnecting with their resilience and strength. This partnership was established by former Director of Education, Diane Wolfe. In 2013 these Art Therapy groups will culminate in a landmark exhibition, Transformation by Fire, designed to raise public awareness about violence against women in a sensitive, informed and compelling way, and to provide accessible and inspiring real life role models for anyone who has either experienced or witnessed violence.

About he Exhibition

Transformation by Fire will take place from February 7 to April 28, 2013 in the George R. Gardiner Exhibition gallery, a large beautiful space (3,500 square feet) usually dedicated to the work of historically significant ceramic art and/or critically acclaimed artists. Coordinated by Rachel Gotlieb, Senior Curator, Gardiner Museum, with the clinical guidance of Lynne Jenkins, Director of Counselling Services at the Schlifer Clinic, the exhibition will be supported by a full schedule of programs (workshops, lectures, tours, and films) that provide greater understanding about the issue of violence against women.


Thanks to the generosity of our patrons and members of the community the Museum has raised the funds needed to offer free admission to the public for the duration of Transformation by Fire. Please take advantage by bringing your friends and family to explore this compelling exhibition.

To learn About Barbara Schlifer and The Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic Click Here


Exhibition Programs

Hands On Workshop
Saturday February 9, 2013, 1-4pm

Lecture: Susan Low – Beer: Fragments of Self
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm

International Women’s Day Dance
Performance: Julie Lassonde
Friday March 8, 2013, 6:30-8:30pm

Girl Rising
Friday April 12, 2013, 7:00-9:00pm

Lecture Body/Mind Expressive Arts
Approach to Art Therapy
Thursday April 11, 2013, 6:30-8:00pm

Lecture: Humans Rights Watch
Approach to Art Therapy
Thursday April 18, 2013, 12:0-1:30pm

Member Events

Transformation by Fire
Patron Circle Preview Opening
Tuesday February 5, 2013, 5:30-7:00pm

Transformation by Fire
Members Preview Day
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 9:00-8:00pm

Transformation by Fire
Members Morning Talk And Tea
Wednesday February 6, 2013, 9:00-10:30pm

ASSAULTED WOMEN’S HELPLINE: 1.866.863.0511 awhl.org