Honouring survivors of sexual violence
28 February–30 March 2019: Help us create four new monuments throughout the province of Ontario.
The Countdown Public Art Legacy Project creates pebble mosaic monuments to honour survivors of sexual assault. The first of its kind in Canada, the project launched in 2016 after the Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County invited Red Dress Productions to bring its vision into being.
Workshops were held with residents, municipal bodies, local partners, and a team of artists in Pembroke, Eganville, Killaloe, and Pikwàkanagàn First Nation, Ontario. Over 100 sketches were generated and discussions ensued about sexual violence in our communities and the desired ripple affects from the project.
“My hope is for the project to spread to other communities in the county and beyond — to root our intentions and activisms to end sexual violence and tangibly connect people across geographic and cultural communities.”
— Project contributor
Along with the support of Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio, and created in collaboration with 400 residents, four mosaics were realized and unveiled at a series of events on Saturday October 15, 2016.
- Ontario communities recognize sexual trauma through public art making
- Renfrew County initiative extended across the province
- Help create four new monuments honouring sexual assault survivors
- Two community arts gatherings will support assault survivor monuments
- Announcing the Countdown Public Art Legacy Project honouring survivors of sexual violence
- Countdown Project Unveilings on October 15, 2016
- Countdown Project Debrief Gatherings in Killaloe and Pembroke, Ontario in December!
- What is the first permanent public art monument in Canada to honour survivors of sexual violence?
- ‘There’s a big stigma here to not talk about sexual violence. In rural areas, you need to keep that business private.’
- Installation of the Countdown Public Art Project
Funders and supporters: It’s Never Okay: Ontario’s Gender-based Violence Strategy (Ontario Arts Council), Toronto Arts Council, MorenaMedia, Ottawa Valley Creative Arts Open Studio, Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County