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Dedicated to all the others

It was a powerful experience being involved in the project. I definitely feel like I’ve grown as an artist and personally from being involved. 

Participant, Dedicated to All the Others

Red Dress Collective is a new not-for-profit arts organisation dedicated to life writing about experience of sexual and violent crime. We work with individuals, community groups and organisations to produce narrative art, using an ethically informed, workshop based process.

The graphic novel Becoming Unbecoming by our creative director Una is our springboard for discussion. Our aim is to help create a better world for all of us by changing cultures of spectacle and raising the voices of victims of crime. We are dedicated to all the others.

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About Us

Our Values

Redress (verb) Remedy or set right. Restore the balance in a situation.

  • Our core purpose is to make high-quality artistic works in response to experiences of sexual and violent crime
  • Red Dress creative projects are rooted in the notion that it is not only the telling of the story that is important, but the being listened to
  • Taking a less intense approach can help others engage at a more profound level; it gives audiences space to think

To learn more about our projects click ‘Our Work’ below:

Our Work’

How You Can Support Us

Our next event is a live stream performance form Brazil, with a panel discussion. Free, or pay as you feel.

Book through Eventbrite here.

Commission us

Commission us to make artistic works. For you, or with you.

Participate

Talk to us. Join in our participatory work. Follow us on socials and share our work. Our work is dedicated to all the others.

Contact us

We’d love to hear from you

Becoming Unbecoming “Her book is a roar on behalf of women all over the world.” Oprah.com

Becoming Unbecoming “An enormously meaningful and brilliant book I will think of and revisit often.” Quiet Mountain Reader.

Becoming Unbecoming “Challenges a global culture that demands that the victims of violence pay its cost.” Joanne Harris.

News

Look out for news of our videos, podcasts and blog posts PLUS a panel event in May with a live feed performance from from Brazil, with Coletivo Rubra. Funded by Arts Council England

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Una and Sara facilitated six weeks of creative writing, drawing and forum theatre with a group of women from Leeds, to tell life stories of violent and sexual crime in creative ways. Funded by Leeds Inspired

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I have gained a greater sense of myself as a writer and creative. I doubted my skills/gifts before, yet talking with Una made me realise that many of the things I was unsure of, in particular my style of writing, was actually unique and very much part of my wider creative ability. Ultimately, I learnt to just be myself. As a dyslexic writer and someone who has never really had any formal training it takes a lot for me to put myself out there in the literature world and being in this programme helped me feel more grounded and solid in myself, especially when speaking or writing about my life experiences.

Participant of a creative writing group led by Una and Sara Allkins

News

Recent blog posts

  • The legacy of Artemisia, or Why Should We Care That Someone Was Raped?
    A blog post for Red Dress Collective, written by Una, first presented as a talk at Comics Forum, Leeds, 2017. I’m going to talk about honour and artistic freedom. I’m going to argue that the old fashioned concept of honour has contemporary potential, in that it matters what we draw and how we draw it. […]
  • Una’s Dedicated to All the Others: A Transformative Theatre Experience 
    Written by Felipe Vieira de Galisteo* Translated by Iona Macintyre At the end of 2016 I walked into a bookshop in São Paulo. I wasn’t after anything in particular; I was looking for books that would help inspire me to create a new theatre show the following year. At the time I was a bit […]