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Gaslighting Poster Competition

An Extension of the Exhibition

Contributions by the winner of the Gaslighting poster competition, Lidia Lidia (left) and Benji Appleby-Tyler (right)

As part of the online group exhibition GASLIGHTING, an open call was put out by the Socially Engaged Art Salon Brighton (SEAS) to design a poster to raise awareness of domestic abuse during Covid-19. From the entries, 15 poster designs were selected by a panel of judges—Barry Adamson, a multi-disciplined artist; Christine Webster, an international photo/video artist and psychotherapist; and SEAS founder Gil Mualem-Doron—to be printed and displayed in Brighton with the overall winner also receiving a £100 prize.

GASLIGHTING showcases the work of artists who have had direct experience of domestic abuse. The resulting exhibition, curated by artist and activist Miranda Gavin, is a selection of personal work on this theme that includes photography, film, animation, performance, poetry and painting. The shortlisted posters also feature in the online exhibition and a zine, Tough Cookie, which accompanies the exhibition.

Details on the 16 competitive entries, as well as one non-competitive entry, are as listed below.

Lidia Lidia

Untitled, 2020

It took just a few months for governments worldwide to set up laws attempting to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Domestic violence is a long lasting 'pandemic' and the 'vaccine' to stop it is to change cultural habits and legal frameworks. Lidia Lidia works as a multidisciplinary conceptual artist to visualise these ideas using dolls as euphemisms to the severity of the reality of being abused.


Daya Bhatti

Behind Closed Doors, 2020

The illustration/painting represents domestic violence as physical violence and being isolated which women face which often can be hidden and neglected because it is behind doors. The painting gives the brutal insight of what victims may face behind closed doors through the keyhole.

Daya Bhatti is an artist and illustrator based in the UK inspired by Indian culture, fashion and film to portray identity in her practice.


Benji Appleby-Tyler

Domestic Violence 3, 2020

Domestic abuse is not a problem you can just bury away. Benji Appleby-Tyler explores the innermost thoughts and core beliefs that contribute to the make-up of a person. This work encourages victims to find safe ways to ‘dig-up’ their truth and share their experiences in order to find a beneficial resolution.