The Little Paper Slipper is a small charity that 'Gives a creative voice to women affected by domestic abuse, and makes that voice heard'. We run a programme of art workshops within women’s refuges and host biennial public exhibitions of the ever-growing shoe installation. The project is created by visual artist Marie-Louise Jones and so far has worked with over 112 women. 56 women participated in 'Chapter I' which involved a nationwide tour in 9 different locations across England. Last year for 'Chapter II' of the project, we worked with a further 56 women in refuges in London. We are now embarking on 'Chapter III' which will tour around the UK. The workshops provide an inspirational and empowering platform for women to explore, imagine, create and tell their stories.
There are two very important strands to the artwork, the first being the workshops themselves – providing an empowering and therapeutic experience for the participants, holding the workshops within the refuges enables the women to participate in a safe and comfortable environment during which they deconstruct notions of power, using the workshop as a therapeutic tool for expressing the effects of their abusive relationships. The second strand is the presentation of the work within the public realm creating an opportunity for the public to encounter these truly powerful and emotive works whilst creating a dialogue on the issue of domestic abuse.