Art is Freedom

Art is Freedom is Hestia’s annual art and photography exhibition, featuring work created by survivors of modern slavery. Each year, the exhibition marks Anti-Slavery Day on 18th October, a day to raise awareness of modern slavery happening in all of our communities.

Art Is Freedom 2021 took place from 18-25 October at Paternoster Square, St.Paul's Cathedral. Thank you to everyone who came along to see it, to our workshop coordinators for assisting the artists in creating their work, and to the survivors for sharing their art and their stories.


Download the Spot the Signs toolkit and Art Is Freedom screensavers

Modern slavery is happening in all of our communities, and we all have a role in helping to end it. Learning how to spot the signs is one small, easy step we can all take to do our bit.

Download the free Spot the Signs toolkit below, which includes social media graphics and videos to help raise awareness. You will also get free screensavers for use on your computer.

Download the toolkit and screensavers now


Listen to the audio recording of 'Hope' the poem

If you attended our Art Is Freedom exhibition in Paternoster Square, you may have read 'Hope', a poem written by one of our contributing artists.

You can now listen to an audio recording of 'Hope', read by the writer herself, below.


Hestia's Modern Slavery Response

Hestia's Modern Slavery Response service began in 2011, and since then, we have supported almost 5,000 victims to recover from the trauma they have faced. We provide 6 safe houses in London and Kent, in addition to pan-London outreach support in every London borough.

Last year alone, we supported more than 3,000 adults and dependent children.

We also offer longer term support via our volunteer-led Phoenix Project, where members of the community can volunteer their time and skills to support victims of modern slavery into an independent life within their communities.