Meet Dolores

Dolores* is originally from The Philippines and has been supported by Hestia’s modern slavery response team since 2019. She volunteered to be part of the curation process for Art is Freedom 2023 after participating in Hestia’s art and photography workshops over the summer.

"Art is Freedom is a space where you can freely express yourself and a creative outlet where you can put all your emotions onto the paper."

“This is my first time being a curator and I’ve been able to learn something new through this process. I learnt the importance of paying attention to detail, and how each piece helps give us an insight into the artist’s mind. I think it’s so brave for people to show their feelings and  thoughts during the art process.

Before, I had many struggles in life. I came across trials and difficulties – I didn’t know who I was. But now when I think of myself, I imagine myself as someone who is brave, resilient, and patient. Although I have struggled, at the end of the day I have stood up for myself and stood up for my children.

It has been an unforgettable experience joining in with others to create this exhibition. It’s changed my perspective on life and has given me the opportunity to refine my skills and boost my confidence.”

Plan this years visit to our FREE #ArtIsFreedom exhibition celebrating the talents of survivors of modern slavery from 14 - 20 October 2023

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*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of our artists

Meet Trini*, one of the artists featured in last year's exhibition

Trini* started painting in April 2021, after arriving at one of Hestia's safe houses for survivors of modern slavery.

She has since created more than 100 paintings and poems, and started a fine art and design college course. Several of her paintings were on display at Art Is Freedom 2021, in London's Paternoster Square. 

“I feel energetic when I paint. I feel like I can do anything!” - Trini*

Trini looks at her art at Art Is Freedom