No Shame No Silence is an exhibition that consisted of over 20 artists from throughout New Zealand with one important thing in common uniting them all. They have a perspective on family violence or how the Family Court in New Zealand fails to respond safely to survivors of family violence.

Together, they aim to shine a light, cultivate conversation, inspire and press for change on the systemic response to family violence.

The exhibition launched 1 November 2018, in the Shared Gallery at award winning Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom in Foxton.

Most of us are touched by family violence in our lives, through our own experiences, family, friends, colleagues etc. Violence is not just physical, this includes psychological, financial, sexual, emotional, verbal, isolation and intimidation.

You are still able  to purchase artwork from the exhibition from our online shop with donations going to Backbone Collective and Women's Refuge. 



A passionate group of locals worked in the background to make the exhibition a success. All committee members are involved in the community and understand the impact of family violence.

They worked 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’.



The idea for the exhibition started when Sarah-Jayne Shine our exhibition coordinator took part in a March to parliament. After Sarah-Jayne took part in this she thought... what is the next step... when is change going to happen. She didn't want to sit back and wait for change to happen so she rounded up a group of passionate people from the Horowhenua who are working away to make this a success.