This initiative is about raising awareness around urgent global issues through art, starting with the creation of several publications, one based on the writing of Gary Pleece and Iva Troj’s artwork, one documenting our collaboration with Rocket Artists (www.rocketartists.co.uk), and another based on the work of the artist Aslan King (1994-2019). This will hopefully be the first of many series of publications meant to fund the combined efforts of our team and these two charities in establishing a platform for young creative adults.
Gary has written countless scripts for comics as well as having his work published with brother Warren in an anthology of their work ‘The Great Unwashed’ published by Escape Books and an original story, ‘Montague Terrace’, which was featured as The Observer's Graphic Novel of The Month.
Iva Troj is an internationally acclaimed artist. She was recently named Artist of The Year by CAF. In 2016, she was named Contemporary Art Excellence Artist of the Year and, in 2013, was the winner of the Towry Best of England Award. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and her work is in collections in the UK, France, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, China, United States and Japan.
The aim for this project is twofold:
1. To create physical publications that carry their message well and can be used in campaigns to raise awareness around urgent global issues such as childhood sexual abuse (both Iva and Gary are survivors) and do it on the public arena through storytelling and art.
2. To support The Aslan King Foundation in their efforts to establish a collaborative platform and support young creative adults and their collaborative projects.
Our first publication: Most people that work with childhood sexual abuse survivors encounter an utter lack of understanding of what it means to live with the faulty wiring this type of trauma causes in everybody who has lived through it. Many survivors become perpetrators themselves, some end their lives, and the rest suffer from years of addiction and other mental health issues. The majority of research studies on childhood sexual abuse trauma share a common finding - nobody goes through this unharmed. The prevailing attitude is that the individuals themselves must carry the responsibility of what happens to them after the abuse. We aim to change the conversation and place the burden of responsibility where it belongs - on all of us.
The outcome of this fundraising campaign and the funds we manage to raise through sales of the published books are meant to fund educational programmes and other projects to help young adults in disadvantaged areas with their creative endeavours, for example Aslan King foundation's workshops for young adults teaching them how to build bespoke furniture.