Breaking down the wall

In late 2016 it was our privilege to be asked by one of Bristol’s leading design agencies The Group of Seven to support the launch of the Wall of Silence: The Secret, Hidden World, a challenging and moving installation featuring artworks, films and installations created by adult survivors of child abuse.

For years Bristol’s Southmead Project has been providing free therapeutic and practical support to adults who were abused as children and have turned to drugs, alcohol, or are self-harming.

Set up by the inspirational Mike Peirce, it has genuinely helped to change – and save – lives. Some of these fantastic stories are collected on on an incredible and unique installation called the Wall of Silence.

The wall is a piece of artwork that shares the stories, images, poems and experiences of those who have survived child abuse; and features some of those who sadly never did.

Building on the success of the original Wall of Silence exhibition, the Secret, Hidden World takes viewers deep into the subconscious of victims who, in an incredible show of bravery, have created their own artworks to help them deal with their childhood trauma and share their experiences.

At 42group we have a long history of working with charities and were honoured to be asked by The Group of Seven to help promote the Wall of Silence.

We played a small role managing communications for the event, working with stakeholders and the Southmead Project to manage PR, and provide content.

The event was a massive success, with Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees, and Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens joining over 80 others to understand the impact of child abuse on adult survivors – and more importantly discussing what they could do to help improve the situation.

What was most affecting were some of the stories of those personally affected by child abuse. Listening and learning from those who have survived the experience and have learned to live with it as a result of the support of Southmead Project was inspirational – for us, and every one else who was lucky enough to attend.

Sometimes you’re honoured to be involved in a project, and this was one of those times.

If you don’t know what Southmead Project does then make sure you take some time to visit their website. If you can help in any way please do – it’s a genuinely life changing organisation.

If you don’t know who the Group of Seven are, check them out too. They are very nice, and their work is excellent.

42group is a leading Bristol communications and marketing agency that helps organisation to tell their stories. We work with charities and organisations who exist to make a difference.

We help our clients to help them develop, design and deliver marketing, communications and content  campaigns that make a difference. If you’d like to chat about how we can help you tell your story, contact us today.