Northumbria University illustration students help to raise £40,000 for survivors of abuse.
Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland
Is a Newcastle-based charity with Northumberland outreach, and one of the oldest Rape Crisis centres in the UK. They provide independent advice, support and counselling for women and girls over 13 who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. Entirely independent from the Criminal Justice System and free to access, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland is a feminist organisation, run by women for women. In 2018, the charity turns 40 and have a bold ambition to raise £40,000 to help them continue their work in the region.
Illustrations by students from Northumbria University’s Graphic Design degree in response to, and in aid of, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland
In September 2017, Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland (RCTN), in collaboration with the illustration pathway on BA(Hons) Graphic Design degree at Northumbria University, challenged 2nd year illustration students to come up with designs for new saleable merchandise to help the North-East charity towards its ambitious target of raising £40,000 in its 40th anniversary year.
RCTN set the illustration students three key words to interpret into the merchandise; three important words that most women use to describe how RCTN makes them feel after their counselling… HOPE, SOLIDARITY, and LIBERATION.
The students each chose a merchandise category from the list of
Greetings cards, postcards, stationery sets, prints, t-shirts, scarves, tote bags and
ceramics. Each created six illustrations. In the exhibition, each illustrator has at least two of those illustrations displayed. All framed work is for sale with the student donating 33% of its sale to RCTN, but 100% of the proceeds from the merchandise will go to the charity.
Josh Aitken’s illustrations were chosen by RCTN to go forward as the design for all the merchandise available to purchase during exhibition at the Globe Gallery,
Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland opened on 17 November 1978, making it one of the oldest Rape Crisis centres in England and Wales.
Initially known as Tyneside Rape Crisis; the charity expanded over the years and now offers services not only in Newcastle but also in Northumberland, where it is known as Grace Rape Crisis Centre.
Rape Crisis centres are women-led and offer a range of support, advocacy, counselling and information in a women-only safe space. Some also provide separate spaces and services for male sexual violence survivors and/or for men who are supporting a survivor.