BWP Hopes Exhibition Will Get People Talking

BWP and the women we support, welcomed guests to the opening of our FREE exhibition of poetry, photography and installation art the Beeston Canalside Heritage centre on Wednesday 2 November.

Broxtowe Women’s Project’s White Ribbon exhibition will run until 29 November, and is free to enter.  Inside you will find photography, poetry, installation art and paintings. Many of the pieces been created by women who have survived Domestic Abuse, using art to reflect on and process their experiences.

The pieces have been inspired by the themes of this year’s White Ribbon campaign (25 November) which ties in with the start of the Men’s FIFA World Cup, & Ann Craft Trust’s Adult Safeguarding Week 2022 (21 – 27 November).

BWP Partnerships Manager, Chris Harris, said: “We were delighted that local artist Matthew Lyons has kindly contributed his painting of Councillor Richard MacRae to the exhibition. In it, Cllr MacRae is wearing a white ribbon which represents his commitment to the White Ribbon pledge which we hope to get people talking about through this exhibition.”

The White Ribbon Promise is to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. White Ribbon Day (25th November 2022), falls on the same week as the start of the FIFA men’s World Cup, and has the theme ‘The Goal’ which has inspired pieces of poetry displayed at the exhibition.

A survivor of Domestic Abuse supported by BWP created some statuettes depicting technological abuse, inspired by this year’s Adult Safeguarding Week, ‘Responding to Contemporary Safeguarding’.

She said: “I was always told by my perpetrator, I know where you are, and I know what you’re doing. I was ruled a lot by an iPhone. Reality kicked in with me when my ex brought an Apple Watch, he told me to attach my phone to it, I said ‘No’ and he got so angry. I realised he wanted control of my whole life, my bank, my friends who rang me, my texts, my prescriptions, everything, and all it would have took is for him to have my iCloud and password!

“Technology is very powerful but in the hands off an abuser it’s extremely dangerous!”

The exhibition is free to visit from 3 – 29 November upstairs at Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre.

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