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A Visual Art Exhibiton by Women of Western Sydney Living Without Violence 2000 is the second art exhibition by women of Western Sydney.
The idea for the exhibition was conceived in 1999 by members of the Western Sydney Regional Violence Reference Group.

In 2000, Living Without Violence is a project of the Immigrant Women's Speakout Association, Information and Cultural Exchange and Parramatta City Council in partnership with the Parramatta Heritage Centre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Holroyd City Council, and Merrylands Central Library.

Coinciding with International Womens Day, the purpose of Living without Violence is to encourage women's participation in challenging issues of violence against women. It provides a platform for women to raise community awareness and understanding of women's right to 'live without violence'

Living Without Violence 2000 is an excellent example of a community partnership with women using innovative and creative strategies to raise community awareness,while simultaneously increasing women's participation in challenging violence, and promoting women's strengths and artisic expression.

This year, over 40 artists submitted 70 art works in a range of mediums including painting installations, video art, photography, mixed media and 3D works.

Over 150 people gathered for the launch at the Parramatta Heritage Centre, where most of the work was exhibited. Other venues this year included Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Merrylands Central Library.

The project was co-ordinated on a small project grant from Holroyd Council, and much in kind support from all the organisations and artists involved. Community television channel 31 have produced a documentary to be aired, on the exhibition and the launch with interviews from some of the artists and community workers. Plans are underway for next year's exhibition.

Kathi Shepherd "The Sac" Living without Violence 1999
exhibit was featured on the 2000 exhibition invitation

Living without Violence 2000 exhibition

The audience at the launch


The Organisers Andrew Lena and April

Actively Radical TV documenting the Exhibition

Bankstown Girls High Students receive award of recognition for their video about sexual violence

Indigenous band are performing

Artists inspecting their work

Christine Daiyotis "Torched by the Spouse"

Anita Fisher "Metamorphisis"

Dina Mestrovic

Tanya Sharma

Sarah Nguyen "in Your Eyes"

esusa Pansacala