The sun is shining, cakes have been freshly baked – Day 3 of Clear Lines Festival is about to begin!

Clear Lines Festival is now in full swing. Yesterday at Day 2 we started the day with a panel of legal experts from festival sponsors international law firm McAllister Olivarius discussing how we can challenge sexual harassment and damaging workplace cultures, as well as positive developments in the law on revenge pornography.


At our media panel event we had a great conversation with journalists from the BBC and The Telegraph about the role of media coverage of sexual assault, complete with important feedback from audience members on how journalists can improve reporting.


The powerful plays in our Theatre Night really reflected the diversity of experiences of sexual violence, from the complexities of relationships involving domestic violence to questions around true “recovery” from abuse.

The festival has also been featured on Channel 4 news! Co-founders Winnie Li and Dr Nina Burrowes were interviewed and you can watch the clip online here.

And now for Day 3….

We are kicking off today with Dr Nina Burrowes and Survivors Together as they address the incredibly important issue of how we can talk to children about sexual abuse to keep them safe, followed by a discussion with our festival Artists-in-Residence Johanna Ward and Ela Xora about their exhibited work at the festival, and Johanna will also be creating a new piece of art during the day in her pop-up photo studio.

To reduce the incidence of sexual assault, we need to understand why perpetrators commit these crimes, and at 3pm Dr Nina Burrowes will be tackling the difficult issue of the psychology behind sexual offenders.

Nest at 4.30pm we have a brilliant panel of survivors, activists, criminal justice professionals and others to answer the questions about sexual assault that you’ve never had a chance to ask. This will be followed at 6.30pm by our event looking at how men can be part of the solution to sexual violence, with White Ribbon Campaign, National Ugly Mugs Scheme and blogger Chris Packe.

And to close – a nice bit of comedy! We’ve had lots of questions about how we can make jokes and laugh at sexual assault – well tonight you can find out! Join Tiff Stevenson, Sarah Kendall, Josie Long, and Stuart Black as they poke fun at cultural attitudes towards rape, sexuality, and the objectification of women. We have a few tickets left so grab yours here.

Here is the full Clear Lines Programme from Thursday 30th July to Sunday 2nd of August. Check out the schedule too.

You can still book your tickets on Eventbrite.

Follow the #clearlinesfest hashtag and @ClearLinesUK on Twitter for live updates throughout the weekend.

See you all later!

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Announcing artist: Johanna Ward

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Johanna is an Essex based photographer, originally born in Stirling, Scotland. Educated at the University of Westminster and  Kent Institute of Art and Design in Rochester, she participated in group exhibition Fresh Faced and Wild Eyed 2014 at London’s Photographer’s Gallery. She was shortlisted for the Vienna Photobook Festival and exhibited at Brighton Photo Fringe in conjunction with the Hemera Collective, both in 2014. She has delivered gallery talks as well as educational talks to photography students. She is represented by L A Noble Gallery, London.

Her work explores relationships; between humans and nature, as well as those between people. She uses photography as a story telling medium in much the same way as a novelist would, often weaving multiple narratives into a unified whole. By employing allegory and symbolic association she subtly examines both large-scale and personal subjects, a process that links what, at first sight, appears to be disparate, but is in fact intimately connected.

Her role at Clear Lines Festival:

During the Clear Lines Festival, artist-in-residence Johanna Ward will invite visitors to take part in a portrait studio that will encourage participants to make an emotional engagement with the subject of sexual violence.

Johanna will present three elements from her ongoing photographic work, entitled The Fear. This title provides the framework for a long-term project that will culminate as a collection of short stories that bear reference to the horror/thriller genre. Through the use of imagined scenarios and documentary images, she will explore the darker side of the complex relationship between women and men.




The Fear, Johanna Ward