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Broken to Brilliant Unveils Inaugural Empowerment Through Art Exhibition on International Women's Day

Broken to Brilliant's Empowerment Through Art launch at Art from the Margins guest photographed

Broken to Brilliant, in collaboration with Sandbag and Strong Women Talking, proudly launched its inaugural Empowerment Through Art Exhibition, on International Women's Day, March 8, 2024, at 6 pm. Hosted at 'ART from the Margins' in Fortitude Valley, the exhibition marked a significant milestone in the journey of healing and empowerment for domestic violence survivors. Made possible by the generous support of the Queensland Government's 2023 Investing in Queensland Women grant.


Art pieces hanging on the wall at Empowerment Through ARt exhibition by Brokeb to Brilliant

This exhibition featured compelling multimedia artworks created by domestic violence survivors during DV-ART therapy sessions. Through these poignant and cathartic expressions, survivors have discovered a pathway to healing, finding solace, establishing their voices, and fostering connections with others who have endured similar challenges.

Drawing from her own lived experience, Kerry, a Sunshine Coast-based Art and Somatic Psychotherapist, and an author in the Broken to Brilliant books guides survivors through their healing journey using art.

Photo of paints, paint brushes read for art therapy session

Kerry shared, "Creative therapy removes the need for our minds to know what we need to say. People can easily express themselves through colours, shapes, brush strokes, fabric, lace and tulle." Using storytelling through art, survivors can process trauma in a safe and supportive environment, alleviating long-term mental and physical health challenges.

The ling jounrey through the storm an art piece by a DV survivor

*Louise, another program participant, expressed, "In the DV-ART program, I found healing through creativity. Plate smashing was cathartic, releasing my pent-up anger. With each stroke of the paintbrush, I unleashed my sadness, grief, and loss onto the canvas. Through colours and shapes, I transcended the darkness, forging a path forward the creativity bringing joy, peace, and hope."


Nicci, another program participant said, “I am humbled to be among such incredible individuals who have bravely transformed their pain into powerful expressions of resilience and hope. To my fellow participants, I commend you for your bravery, your strength, and your willingness to share your truth with the world. Your voices matter, your stories are heard, and your art inspires us all to believe in the possibility of deep healing, transformation and peace”.


Photo of Bob Atkinson, Broken to Brilliant Patron, former Police Commissioner Queensland making a speech at the Empowerment Through Art launch.

Former Queensland Police Commissioner and Broken to Brilliant Patron Bob Atkinson said, “I am deeply moved by the profound impact of the Empowerment Through Art Exhibition. It celebrates survivors' resilience and showcases the transformative power of art in healing. These survivors are reclaiming their voices and inspiring hope. Together, let us continue to support and uplift those on their journey to healing and recovery”.


Broken to Brilliant is an Australian charity founded and operated by domestic violence survivors, dedicated to mentoring fellow survivors to recover, heal and rebuild their lives. Through a range of services and programs, the charity empowers survivors, providing hope and support every step of the way.

The Empowerment Through Art Exhibition was held the week of the 11-15th March 10 am to 4 pm at Art From the Margins, 136 Brunswick Street Fortitude Valley.

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