A passionate group of Horowhenua locals are developing an art exhibition to shine a light on family violence and the court response system to family violence.
The art exhibition titled “No Shame No Silence” will launch on November 2, and will be free for the community to view at the award winning Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom in Foxton.
Exhibition Coordinator, Sarah-Jayne Shine says “Most of us are touched by family violence in our lives, through our own experiences, family, friends, colleagues. The No Shame No Silence Exhibitions aims to generate conversations on family violence and the broken family court systemic response to survivors”.
The Exhibition will showcase art created by over 20 artists from all over New Zealand. Artists volunteered to be a part of the exhibition and for many, sharing their artwork is a form of therapy.
Linda Munn, a Bay of Plenty Artist is exhibiting a painting in the exhibition.
Linda commented “As a survivor of domestic violence, I am of the point of view that enough is enough. It is time to make people aware of what is needed to stop the unnecessary deaths of women and children whether this is through social change, law change and changes of attitudes."
According to the latest statistics Levin has the second highest rate of domestic violence reported in New Zealand on a per capita basis.
Brendan Duffy Exhibition Spokesperson has seen for many years the impact Family Violence has on our community,
“We want the exhibition to help people to understand that what is happening in family violence and with our young people in the family court system is real, it's not just something you see on the news affecting other people, it is happening in our community to our children, and it isn’t OK”. Mr Duffy says.
The exhibition will be free for all to view. There will be a chance to purchase artwork from the exhibition with percentage of donations going to Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, Backbone Collective (a national organisation advocating for women and children in the family court), and local. Women’s Refuge organisations.