The Hunt Museum Limerick launched One Million Stars to End Violence Limerick Project on International Women’s Day, 8th March.
The aim of the creative project is to weave 10,000 stars by Christmas 2021 for an art installation at The Hunt Museum to demonstrate support and solidarity with those who experience domestic violence.
“Through working together to weave and display our stars, we will show solidarity towards women experiencing domestic violence and highlight the supports they can access through ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services,” the Hunt Museum said.
The One Million Stars to End Violence project was established by Maryann Talia Pau, a Samoan-Australian artist in 2012, in response to the rape and murder of Irish woman Jill Meagher in Melbourne.
“Building community connections and creating a safe sense of belonging is the heart of our star weaving movement. Every time a person weaves a star, they are expressing their hopes, dreams and concerns. Weaving stars helps us to feel less alone, less overwhelmed by the enormity of violence and more confident to face the next step.” Maryann Talia Pau said.
The project has since become a successful global initiative and was brought to Ireland in 2019 by Siobhan McQuillan working with Amber Women’s Refuge, with many counties across the country now taking part.
The Hunt Museum worked in collaboration with ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services, CWELL, Mental Health Ireland, and Limerick City and County Council to bring local communities together to deliver this project in Limerick.
“The star is a symbol of light, hope and solidarity. By coming together through star weaving, we can collectively take a stand towards ending violence in Ireland,” the Hunt Museum said.
The launch took place virtually over Zoom from 11-12am on the 8th of March.
The project was launched by the creator Maryann Talia Pau who joined online live from Australia, with various guests speaking about the project and the positive community impact it has had.