A crowdfunding campaign looking to raise $23,000 to bring an exhibition of sculpted works and photographic images that details the story of an artist’s childhood trauma and sexual abuse, that she kept secret for years, is being is being launched on Monday 25 July by The Incubator Creative Hub.
Catherine Daniels became an artist when trying to write about the trauma and abuse she suffered as a child at home and at school, became too hard. Finding it too difficult to write about her experiences, she decided to make a sculpture to portray what she couldn’t say in words. The figures she went on to create formed the basis for her touring exhibition The Secret Keeper, along with photographic images by her collaborator, Esther Bunning.
Through her works, Catherine hopes to start the important conversations needed to help others navigate their own journeys of healing through childhood trauma, parental neglect, sexual abuse and mental health issues.
The Incubator Creative Hub trustee and psychiatrist, Dr Marcel Hediger said “We are proud to be working with Catherine to bring this exhibition to Tauranga. Exhibitions such as The Secret Keeper demonstrate the need for art in society”.
“By bringing this exhibition to Tauranga, not only will it allow people to view these world class artworks but will also provide an opportunity for individuals and a variety of community organisations, to engage with, and bring awareness to a subject which is often shrouded in secrecy and shame,” he said.
Catherine Daniels will also be offering exhibitions talks to social organisations that provide services to people who have been affected by trauma.
Funds raised from the BoostedArts campaign will contribute to the costs of this exhibition, including transportation, an artist fee, artist accommodation, publicity, and along with conference space hire.
From Monday 25 July, companies and individuals will be able to donate to the BoostedArts crowdfunding campaign online using the link www.boosted.org.nz/projects/secret-keeper-tauranga.