As a company, Grange Hotels is committed to promoting positive social change through charitable ventures and, earlier this year, was proud to open an exciting new venue and exhibition space to support this mission in the heart of St Paul’s, right next to our flagship hotel and Christopher Wren’s masterpiece.
Acting as a beautiful setting for both private functions and thought-provoking exhibitions, Imageworks Gallery features a unique social enterprise wall, displaying artistic projects which demonstrate the power of photography as a platform for significant social improvement.
Regularly updated throughout the year, the wall is currently home to the social enterprise exhibition, Voice of Freedom, which opened last month with a private view and intimate discussion with scheme director, Leila Segal. Working with women who have escaped trafficking and torture, Voice of Freedom allows them to speak directly to the public through their own photographic art, not seeking to replace stories but rather to amplify them across the world in order to create awareness. The scheme focuses on helping survivors of sex trafficking and torture gain respite from previous suffering, acting as a platform to showcase the struggles women have been through but also to display life-changing moments.
Leila comments: “I built Voice of Freedom so that survivors of trafficking could tell their stories to the world and become agents of change. Their voices are now being heard at the highest levels, where they can feed into policy change - including Amnesty International UK and the Human Trafficking Foundation Advisory Forum, of which Voice of Freedom is a member. Voice of Freedom is unique in that it does not speak on behalf of survivors but opens a channel so they can speak for themselves. Photography is an accessible and direct medium through which these women tell their powerful and exceptionally moving stories.”
Grange Hotels and Imageworks Gallery are honoured to be able to host this important project, raising awareness and funds for such a valuable, worthwhile cause. If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to visit the Gallery to see the very personal writing and photography first-hand, gaining a unique insight into the experiences of those who have been affected by this multi-billion dollar criminal industry.
If you would like more details about this exhibition, or to arrange a private viewing, please contact the Gallery Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The social enterprise wall will be changing throughout the year in order to generate awareness and raise funds for a wide range of humanitarian causes, with the Gallery’s main exhibitions also regularly revised. Visit the Imageworks Gallery website here to find out more about our upcoming exhibitions, and the Imageworks Community page here for details of further social enterprise schemes.