BEYOND WORDS EXHIBITIONS supporting the survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
“These people have lost everything and the whole experience, what they have seen, heard and breathed in simply cannot be fully imagined by anyone who was not involved. There are no words that can fully describe this disaster this is why I would like the exhibition to be called Beyond Words.” Diana Dias-Leao.
On the 14th of June, the Grenfell Tower burnt fiercely for many hours. Lives were lost. Lives were changed irrevocably.
Diana Dias-Leao is a glass artist who was moved so much by what she saw unfolding before her at the Grenfell Tower that she was compelled to act. Not just to sit and talk but to do something. Putting the call out to other artists and photographers, Eleonora Oleotto, a PhotoAid Photographer who uses photography to help people came forward after documenting the disaster.
Diana has been given space in two galleries in Faroe Road and Masbro Road to hold exhibitions of glass and photography works donated by artists to be sold in order to raise as much money as possible for the Grenfell Tower survivors. The Faroe Road space has been generously donated by Acava.
Diana is offering her glass dresses to be sold from the exhibition and all the money raised would go to the Grenfell Tower Fund. “Glass works are created with the use of furnace or kiln both involving intense heat and fire these creations could resemble ice crystals, cool iridescent frosty works that sparkle and glitter to change the image entirely from mayhem to magic.”
Eleonora Oleotto uses therapeutic photography in her practice to help people and other professionals like coaches and psychologists, she recently joined PhotoAid Global who is supporting the project. “The 14th of June was a difficult and intense day for me too. I helped volunteers sort items and then felt the need to walk into the area to see and feel what other people were going through. It took me some hours before being able to start taking pictures. There was Silence. A deep Silence. Our eyes talked to each other. Our hands helped each other. There was a big and deep sense of humanity. As it should be always in our lives.”
“This is a wonderful and generous thing Diana is doing to help the families of the Grenfell Tower, and it is characteristic of Eleonora to be compelled to act with empathy and love. PhotoAid put Eleonora who we knew was creating her own project together with Diana and we are supporting them where we can. The Private Views are open, will we see you there?” Dr Vanessa Champion, founder of PhotoAid Global.
BEYOND WORDS EXHIBITION DATES
Faroe Road Studios London W14 0EL
OPEN 10th November – 4th December 2017 11am – 7pm
Please join us for the PRIVATE VIEW 10th NOVEMBER 5pm – 8pm
Masbro Centre, Masbro Road, London W14 0LR
OPEN 6th – 15th December 2017
Mon – Fri 9am – 9pm, Sat 9am – 1pm, Sun CLOSED
Please join us for the PRIVATE VIEW 8th DECEMBER 6pm – 9pm
For more information on the exhibition itself and images please contact: Diana Dias-Leao firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Diana please see:
For Eleonora Oleotto
ACAVA has been working with our diverse and creative community for twenty years, providing free and affordable art activities for local people in partnership with the NHS, schools and other local community organisations. We have two community spaces within Notting Dale ward, one purpose built studio at our main offices, Blechynden St and a project/ exhibition space at the former children’s centre on Maxilla Walk.
Since the Grenfell fire we have been in discussion with many other local like-minded organisations and individuals about how we can best support the local community in its healing and recovery. We are already extending existing projects to meet demand, and have identified our privileged position as an organisation with two dedicated creative community spaces as an asset we can use. Our ‘Flouirsh Maxilla’ programme has offered artist led family workshops throughout the summer holidays, and will continue to during school holidays for the next year at least. We are also working with Latimer Community Art Therapy (LCAT) and from September are providing a fully funded programme of formal art therapy to local people delivered by fully qualified, state registered Art Psychotherapists. Our partnership with NHS West London Clinical Commissioning Group will continue with the provision of a two year programme of Art for Wellbeing projects, alongside a programme of walking and photography projects in partnership with the Venture Centre and RBKC Public Health. To make a donation to ACAVA’s Grenfell Response please call our offices on 0208 960 5015. All donations will go directly to the delivery of activities for local people.
PhotoAid Our Mission – PhotoAid Global celebrates photojournalism which inspires understanding and action through visual documentary. Covering human and animal rights & environmental awareness. PhotoAid Services: Photography and Video, Educational Programmes, Donate Cameras, agent Opportunities to photographers, give talks and workshops, give advice to people travelling or aiding charities with photography, curate exhibitions, print sales and books. Our Founder, Dr Vanessa Champion, is a former London newspaper Editor, published writer, international art and photography judge, and documentary photographer. She is also Director of Dragonfly Communications, based in the UK and Director of ARGENTA Fine Art.