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University student’s artwork exploring domestic abuse shortlisted for national award

An art exhibition which raises awareness of issues around child abuse, violence and control has been shortlisted for a national award.

The collection of works created by Wrexham Glyndwr University MA student Helen Robinson is one of three competing for the title of best Sustainable Practice in Arts, Culture or Sport in the Sustain Wales Awards 2017.

Led by a piece entitled It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way, the portfolio is drawn from Helen’s experience as the victim of a section 18 assault in 2002, three years before she moved to Old Colwyn, North Wales.

Her work will be up against projects run by BBC Roath Lock Studios and a partnership of Theatr Clwyd and Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board.

Helen said: “I feel that being shortlisted for this award has in some way endorsed the work I am so passionate about.

“Although some of the subject matter may be uncomfortable for the viewer at times, it is essential that these issues of abuse, control and violence are talked about and for us to realise as individuals and as a community how we can make great changes.”

She added: “Being shortlisted has encouraged me to continue along this path of helping others to overcome emotional trauma and also to heal themselves.

“I’m grateful for the platform given to me by Wrexham Glyndwr University and hope that the students and staff will get behind me with the voting so that we can show the potential of the University.”

Helen’s work went on show at Wrexham Glyndwr University earlier this year and she’s now hoping to introduce an interactive element and take the exhibition on tour.

She is also planning to work with Talitha, a non-profit making group of professional artists and art therapists.

The Sustain Wales Awards is now in its third year and celebrates sustainability, excellence and leadership across Wales.

Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Cardiff Bay on 30 November.

You can vote for Helen’s work, ‘It Doesn’t Have To be That Way’ – Breaking the cycles of abuse, violence and control, here

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