Spirit of Woman ~ Demand a future free from domestic violence 2018-07-28T12:11:01+00:00

Expressions of Interest are now open for a significant public art opportunity

The Spirit of Woman not-for-profit organization is now seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from South Australian artists/artist teams who wish to be considered for the Place of Courage (Adelaide Central) artwork and associated space commission.

This is a commission for a contemporary public artwork and landscaped surrounds in the Adelaide CBD, (Adelaide Central) that acknowledges and raises awareness of the impact of family and domestic violence in our society.

The aim of the project is to create a public place which encourages recognition of family and domestic violence through the use of public art, design, landscaping and interpretive opportunities. The Place of Courage (Adelaide Central) will be a place of comfort and healing, promoting courage to speak up and out and providing a powerful symbol of a peaceful and unified community.

To create a place of comfort and healing, promoting courage to speak up and out and providing a powerful symbol of a peaceful and unified community. It will be the first dedicated contemporary artwork and space in Australia to recognise and confront the impact of family and domestic violence and provide a positive catalyst for change.

The Spirit of Woman organization wishes to create a place with multiple uses, a place for private reflection, a place for community gatherings, a place of recognition and a place that acknowledges the disproportionate burden of family and domestic violence on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities in Australia. It is a wish of the organisation that the Place of Courage (Adelaide Central) is a ‘living’ space, one which has the potential to support ongoing expression by survivors and those affected by family and domestic violence.

EOIs close 5pm on Monday 13 August 2018

Please contact:
Sue Lorraine, Arts South Australia, phone – 8463 5447, E: –[email protected]

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Healing, Courage & Unity

We want to influence our community for real and sustainable change through our actions to end domestic violence.
Together we can work towards enhancing the status of women and ending violence against women. In our education and advocacy efforts, we will work to inform the general public about the need for equal treatment of women.
We actively encourage and engage men in our call for change.

Our Spirit

We DEMAND a future free from domestic violence

We aim to provide a place of comfort and HEALING

We promote COURAGE to speak out and raise awareness

We want UNITY and harmony for everyone

~ Founder Helen Oxenham

Our Mission  |  Helen’s Story

Help us create a contemporary public artwork

Spirit of Woman is championing the design and construction of South Australia’s first ever Commemorative Project dedicated to the victims and survivors of domestic violence right in the heart of Adelaide City and in Christies Beach where Helen set up the women’s shelter.

Read about the significant of Adelaide City and Christies Beach in Helen’s Story.

Creations of domestic violence projects are much needed in today’s society. Humanity needs a place to heal, to mourn and to remember the women and children who have predominantly died at the hands of domestic violence. Our project will not only support those who are mourning the loss of their mothers, daughters, brothers, sisters and friends, but will act as a shadow of support for women who are still silently suffering.

The Spirit of Woman Commemorative Projects are both currently underway and have the support of both councils. You can help show your support for the commemorative projects by signing our petition.

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Take our community survey

We are launching our community survey, designed to be non-invasive to establish a framework for what the commemorative healing site should be, and how we wish to be represented by the memorial. Additionally, the survey is for the community participation for frontline workers who wish to contribute their ideas and desires to the community consultation process. 

It is our hope that DV vigils, marches, protests and DV/feminist community events could be held in this space. It could also be a reflective, peaceful space for individuals and the community to come together to mourn those we have lost, as well as to heal the residual emotional wounds incurred from domestic violence. 

Ultimately Spirit of Woman hopes that the creation of a public space dedicated to domestic violence will add to the conversations that are currently occurring around domestic violence and further promote the notion that domestic violence is everyone’s problem. Spirit of Woman hopes to open the door to talk about DV within our community. Currently, Australia does not have a national memorial for domestic violence. Spirit of Woman is hoping to change this. 

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