To Mark the 16 Days of Activism MacDonagh Junction Shopping Center will host the Amber Refuge Stars to End Violence Project
The Exhibition will run from the 25th November over the 16 Days of Activism and throughout the Christmas period. The hand-woven stars are made by members of the community and each star represents light, hope and solidarity against violence.
There will be an On line zoom event with the project founder Maryann Talia pau live from Australia
on the 27th Nov at 10am ( zoom link to follow).
All donations welcome, please go to https://amberwomensrefuge.ie/donations/ or text AMBER to 50300 to donate €2
One Million Stars Exhibition
Amber Women’s Refuge are proud to bring the one Million Stars to End Violence Project to Ireland.
The Amber One Million Stars are a visual representation of solidarity against all forms of violence. The exhibition is the culmination of a wider community of weavers (Ireland Star Weavers) who kept connected throughout lockdown and Covid restrictions by engaging in the craft of weaving. The star weaving community is made up from a cross section of our community. We have stars from Syrian refugees, TY students, Cocooners, the ICA Kilkenny, local knitting groups and individuals from local villages and the wider area. Staying connected as a community with a shared goal increases resilience and enables us as individuals to feel part of a wider cause, together we can make a difference. The stars raise domestic violence awareness and remind us that domestic abuse is everyone’s business. The installation acknowledge that abuse happens and represents a symbolic gesture of support for those affected.
Weaving Communities of Courage Against Violence
The Amber Refuge 24/7 Helpline: 1850 42 42 44.
To join our weaving community Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two meter letters in precast steel frame spell out the word LOVE and the grid infill is to be covered in stars. (The letters are kindly donated by JMSteel Cuffesgrange Kilkenny)
Originally intended as an interactive piece, members of the public would be encouraged to attach their own woven stars. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we can attach your star for you when you leave your star in the OMS drop box. The aim is to cover the letters over the Christmas period and beyond showing support and love to those going through difficult times this Christmas.
VE is a reminder that in uncertain times we are innately connected as humans by both our vulnerability and our strength. That as a community we can show support and compassion in adversity. That love and compassion are stronger that hate and violence; love is universal and instils hope and encourages connection. We are reminded of what it means to show healthy love: respect, acceptance, trust, empathy, and unity.
“Returning hate for hate multiples hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Martin Luther King
Weaving Communities of Courage Against Violence.
Amber Refuge 24/7 Helpline: 1850 42 42 44.
To join our weaving community Email: email@example.com.
To find out more about the global project :www.onemillionstarsireland.ie
This project has received funding from the following partners