Art is a powerful tool for communicating important messages. With that in mind, artist and YouTuber Aisha Eveleigh is organising an art exhibition to raise awareness of animal exploitation and its consequences.
The name ‘Behind Closed Doors’ refers to the way our mistreatment of animals is hidden from the general public – most of us have little idea what happens to animals behind the doors of factory farms, slaughterhouses and vivisection labs. The exhibition seeks to bring these issues into the light, changing the way we think about animal rights.
Billions of animals are slaughtered annually for human consumption alone. When marine animals are included, the figure is in the trillions. This is without factoring in the animals killed for their fur, skin or ivory, or those who die due to being used as entertainment or experimented on. Our treatment of animals also has huge repercussions for the environment, other people and our own health.
As a result, there has never been a greater need to raise awareness of the consequences of our actions. There are many ways of doing this, but art is a method people often overlook. It isn’t just about aesthetics – it has the ability to inspire serious change.
For this reason, the Behind Closed Doors exhibition will be a form of activism. Vegan artists like Dana Ellyn and Sue Coe will be exhibiting their work, whilst YouTubers Earthling Ed and Vegan Geezer are among those giving talks. Art applications are still being considered; if your work is relevant, then consider submitting it here.
The exhibition will take place at the Strand Gallery in London. It will be open from the 26th to the 29th of May, with an open event day on the 27th. On this day, there will be a variety of talks and performances, along with workshops to get involved in. The event is suitable for families, and children are welcome.
If you’d like to support this inspiring project, make a donation via the Indiegogo fundraising page. Donating £5 gets you unlimited entry into the exhibition, whilst donating more gets you added perks. Even if you can’t make it to the event, donations will no doubt be very much appreciated!
For more information on the exhibition, visit the website.