Dirty Laundry Day

The Dirty Laundry Day Project was activated in Queensland for the first time through Adderton Everywhere.

The Dirty Laundry Day Project, an initiative of Social Futures, began in Casino, Northern NSW in 2009 and has been run annually since. It was created to draw attention to Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) in the community, to give people experiencing abuse and violence a voice, and to take a strong community stance against violence.

The name came from the opportunity for people to air their dirty laundry – removing stigma and opening conversations in our communities.

A series of workshops provides a creative and cathartic opportunity for DFV survivors to share their experience by painting messages on T-shirts.  For many survivors, even those closest to them don’t know about their experience because DFV is often hidden and proliferates in silence. The workshops are a safe way for people to express their feelings anonymously in a supported environment.

Images: supplied by Social Futures. Photography: NATSKY

The T-shirts displayed in The Dirty Laundry Day Project serve as a powerful tool to change community attitudes about Domestic and Family Violence. Open conversations allow people to be educated and empowered to take action to help themselves or others impacted by Domestic and Family Violence.

Help is available for Queenslanders’ affected by Domestic and Family Violence
If you think you may be experiencing or using domestic and family violence, help and support is available. We urge you to reach out and seek help.

Call DVConnect Womensline on 1800 811 811 or Mensline on 1800 600 636. In an emergency, call triple zero (000)

We all have a responsibility to address domestic and family violence
If you are concerned someone you know may be experiencing domestic and family violence your support and action can make a difference. Find out more at www.qld.gov.au/dfvsupport

Social Futures envisages communities in which all people are valued and included. They create positive social change in regional Australia, working directly with individuals, families, communities, organisations and governments across the focus areas of homelessness and housing, youth and family, community inclusivity and programs that promote genuine participation for people with disability.


Adderton Everywhere’s exhibition of the work created through the DLD project was prominently displayed in public spaces between late-August to December 2020. Staging Dirty Laundry Day during COVID-19, when reports of domestic violence in Queensland increased in the first half 0f 2020, served as a timely and powerful community education campaign to change community attitudes about DFV.

Past Locations:

14 October to 30 November
233 Given Tce, Paddington

27 October to 23 November
866 Brunswick Street, New Farm

The above installations are proudly supported by:






27 October to 17 November
Booval Fair Shopping Centre
Cnr Brisbane & South Station Rd, Booval

29 October to 20 November
Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown
Corner of Calam and, 661 Compton Rd, Sunnybank Hills

2 October to 23 October
Redbank Plaza
1 Collingwood Drive, Redbank

31 August to 28 September
Brookside Shopping Centre
159 Osbourne Rd, Mitchelton

Sunday 20 September
8:30am to 12 noon
New Farm Park
(Positioned close to Powerhouse and the River)

Friday 25 September
8:30am to 12 noon
Orleigh Park, West End
(Positioned close to carpark)

Sunday 27 September
8:30am to 12 noon

Frew Park, Milton
(Positioned close to Haig Rd entry)



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