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10,000 Stars

‚Äčmillionstars.jpgA unique community project is being featured this February as part of the 'When art speaks for the Unspoken' exhibition at Gallery Lane Cove.

The 10,000 stars installation is the result of two years of work by the Lane Cove community. Each star was handmade at home, as part of a weave jam or through local community groups as part of the much larger One Million Stars to End Violence project.

The One Million Stars project was conceived by Maryann Talia Pau after she read words on a card left at the memorial for ABC reporter Jill Meagher after she was murdered in Melbourne in 2012. This collaborative project which involves hundreds of communities from across the world will feature at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in an installation of all One Million handmade stars.

Maryann Talia Pau will be attending Lane Cove's exhibition opening on Wednesday 15 February. When speaking of the project Maryann said " "It's wonderful to have Lane Cove Council part of the One Million Stars to End Violence community - not only helping to reach the goal of one million woven stars for the GC2018 but inspiring local communities to practise courage and safety for everyone".

The Mayor of Lane Cove will host the opening event at 6:00pm on Wednesday 15 February. The opening includes two other exhibits - Private Matters and Positively Remarkable People.

In Private Matters, local art therapist Anne Buckingham looks at the harm that is caused by keeping domestic violence hidden behind closed doors and the devastation that has occurred throughout history by treating domestic violence as a 'private matter'.

Positively Remarkable People is a collection of photographic portraits and biographies of people who work in many different fields, all of whom are trying to end violence against women and girls. Together they are are committed to bringing an end to all forms of gender-based violence.

Visit Gallery Lane Cove's website for details of opening hours.