Our work is a campaign to increase visibility, voice and community with adult survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA). There’s an estimated 11 million of us in the UK (that's 1 in 6 people).
Viv Gordon Company CIC seeks to remove barriers to participation for CSA survivors and drive narrative change moving away from ideas of victimhood, guilt, shame, isolation and cultural silencing towards celebrating survival, joining together and laying claim to cultural space to make noise about our experiences, rights and concerns. We do this through creative activities: performances, installations, poetry, writing, workshops, campaigns, consultancy and more.
Restless is an arts activism project about community, visibility and voice for survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. At the heart of the project, walking and coastal landscapes offer imagery revealing survivor experiences - of exposure, navigating challenging territory, occupying the edges - and the sea provides a central metaphor of the power of continuous collective action to make change.
In 2018 Viv walked the Dorset South West Coast Path and it resulted in a new music track and animation She walks... (released Nov 2020)
In 2020 Viv walked the West Somerset coast from Steart to County Gate, which resulted in creative writing and poems written by Viv which will soon be transformed into music. The idea is that we're making an album of some sorts.
In May 2021, Viv will walk just over 100 miles from Starcross to Plymouth on the South Devon Coast Path. Along the way she’ll be writing poems and songs that will also be used as inspiration for the Restless album. Viv will be writing blogs each day too!
We're currently trying to raise £500 to help deliver creative walking sessions and activities for survivors in June 2021. The sessions are particularly suited to survivors, survivor allies (family, friends, support workers) and women living with mental or emotional health needs.
During the sessions we will engage in conversations, walking and simple, fun and creative activities which respond to the coastal landscape. The aim of this is to continue building survivor voice and community.
The money raised will help fund these activities and help cover travel costs too.
I am a theatre maker, survivor activist & arts and mental health campaigner, and my work is a campaign to nurture voice, visibility and community for survivors of CSA.
I am incredibly proud of the bold work we do - I am not interested in pity or being worthy or earnest. As Artistic Director, I aim to make punky, kick ass work that doesn’t pull its punches, that entertains, moves, changes hearts and minds and most importantly reduces isolation and shame within our community.
I campaign for access and inclusion in the arts for artists and audiences with mental health needs - I speak at conferences and events, as well as offer training and consultancy with individuals and organisations.
Viv Gordon Company is a Community Interest Company, so that means every penny that you donate to us will be spent on making and sharing survivor-led creative activities. You could decide to give us a one-off donation or signup for a membership and make a monthly contribution!
Every donation and support of the work we do is received with great thanks.