Exhibition in Hatfield to show woman's journey surviving domestic abuse

PUBLISHED: 08:03 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 08:11 09 March 2018

Anna Schofield became an artist after she escaped an abusive relationship. Picture: Anna Schofield

Anna Schofield became an artist after she escaped an abusive relationship. Picture: Anna Schofield

Anna Schofield

An artist is speaking out about domestic violence with a new exhibition in Hatfield.

One of Anna Schofield's paintings on display at the exhibition. Photo: Thomas WillmottOne of Anna Schofield's paintings on display at the exhibition. Photo: Thomas Willmott

After Anna Schofield left a long-term abusive relationship, she turned to art and mindfulness to process her experience.

Now the former teacher-turned-creator is opening her first exhibition at Mill Green Museum in Hatfield on March 18.

The paintings and sculptures are on sale for between £40 to £100, with 10 per cent of proceeds going to Hertfordshire women’s support group Cherished.

The mostly abstract works offer a vision of the stages Anna went through in coping with and recovering from the abuse.

One of Anna Schofield's paintings on display at the exhibition. Photo: Thomas WillmottOne of Anna Schofield's paintings on display at the exhibition. Photo: Thomas Willmott

She left her teaching job and began to experiment with art.

“Once I’d left the relationship I had to come to terms with what I’ve actually been through,” she said.

“I was stuck with a lot of time on my hands, and then I started on big canvases and throwing paint about.”

She works in mixed media, acrylics, decoupage and collage, and also upcycles furniture and objects.

The exhibition is organised in themed rooms leading through her experience, and she is hoping to raise awareness and inspire other survivors through her journey.

“It’s quite scary, putting myself out there,” said the Hemel Hempstead-based artist.

Gaining a diploma in mindfulness was an important part in her recovery, which she will be sharing in art and mindfulness workshops at the museum on March 29, April 5 and April 12.

The exhibition is free to enter and runs until April 15, and the workshops are £15 to attend.

For more information and bookings, see Anna’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/annasfunkyart/

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