Tackling crime through art

Artist Gemma Nemer, of the Button Tin, puts the finishing touches to her textile display. Picture: Nicola Harding of Flamingo Photography.
Artist Gemma Nemer, of the Button Tin, puts the finishing touches to her textile display. Picture: Nicola Harding of Flamingo Photography.
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People from all walks of life joined forces for a new art exhibition themed around anti-hate crime messages.

Art pieces were developed with community groups for the ‘Love is Louder’ project, including Friends of Thornhill, Lifeline Rotherham, The Rainbow Project, Rush House, Nayi Zindagi, Speakup and United 4 Communities.

They worked with regional-based artists such as Affix, Bambu Forest, The Button Tin, Sometimes 3 and Alice and the Crows for the exhibition which was launched at the Coterie Gallery in Rotherham’s Riverside Precinct.

Councillor Lyndsay Pitchley, mayor of Rotherham, attended a celebration event at the gallery last week and said: “I’m delighted to have been involved in the Love is Louder project. It promotes a sense of togetherness and - as its title suggests - sends the message loud and clear that Rotherham is a town united against hate and prejudice.”

Artwork featured includes photography, a short film, interactive pieces and hand-embroidered textiles.

Also on display are a series of hate crime ‘zines’ – magazine style booklets which focus on tackling topics including disability, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual issues, race and religion.

Project leaders said the artworks were created to support understanding towards the impact of hate and discrimination and to work together to challenge hate crime.