Published on: 27 May 2011
'Precious' is an awareness and fundraising exhibition of etchings by Paula Rego and drawings by Siobhan Wall in support of the London based charity Womankind Worldwide.
The exhibition will raise awareness about sexual violence against girls, in particular the widespread practice of female genital mutilation in Ethiopia and Somalia, two of the countries where WOMANKIND is active in trying to eliminate this harmful traditional practice.
In 2009 Paula Rego watched a documentary on female genital cutting on British television and was so affected by what she saw, she started work on a series of six large etchings about the traumatic impact on young girls. A few years earlier, Siobhan Wall travelled to the Festival Au Desert in Mali and during her stay was acutely troubled by the fact that FGM is widespread in the country.
Wanting to support young girls at risk of FGM, she, too, started to make artworks about her concerns and decided to raise funds for organisations that support attempts to prevent this traumatic practice from taking place. She chose WOMANKIND Worldwide, a charity campaigning for the elimination of this extremely painful, often life-threatening and irreversible procedure. It is carried out in more than 28 African countries and parts of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
50% to 100% of all funds raised from the sale of Siobhan Wall’s artworks will be donated to Womankind Worldwide.Opening 3pm on Sunday 5th June 2011 with a short talk by a supporter of Womankind at 3.30pm. The exhibition will be open daily until 3rd July so make sure you visit!
New Hall Art Collection
Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, Huntingdon Road, CB3 0DR
Tel: 01223 762100
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