Piecing together glass builds resilience for survivors

“It can be a cathartic experience. I understand from personal experience.” Roberta De Caro, workshop facilitator”

During March three workshops for survivors of domestic abuse take place at Coin Street neighbourhood centre. Local artist Roberta De Caro will help participants create jewellery and art from shards of broken glass.

Roberta passionately feels that art helps people gain new perspectives on healing. “Glass is wonderful because it shows that from fragility something beautiful can emerge. I want participants to become resilient. By piecing together fragments of glass they can rebuild their lives beyond the abuse.” 

Roberta approached us with the idea for these workshops after discovering our Family Support Service, funded by Southwark Council, works with domestic abuse survivors and the domestic abuse charity, Solace. Hayley McGrane our Family Support and Outreach Coordinator was delighted “when Roberta approached us with the idea. For survivors, beyond the impact they’ve faced, these workshops offer a way of building confidence and self-esteem in a safe, creative space.”

Roberta is studying an MA in Art & Material Histories at City & Guilds of London Art School and is winner of the Art School’s Student Initiated Project Prize, 2019.  The prize funded the workshops, ‘From the Fragment to the Whole.’ Roberta hopes to run more of these workshops in the future and create a collection of work to exhibit.

For future commissions or to see Roberta’s work: www.robertadecaro.com