Exhibition Celebrates Survivors’ Creativity

A free exhibition of poetry, installation art and photography inspired by the personal experiences of survivors of Domestic Abuse was officially opened to the public on the 5 November by the women who created the pieces.

The ‘Don’t Judge Me’ exhibition at the National Justice Museum, was opened by a group of women and families who have been supported by Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP); they were joined by Staff and Trustees of the small Nottinghamshire charity.  The focus of the exhibition is to challenge how survivors can be stigmatised, to raise awareness of Domestic Abuse and the support services available but most importantly to celebrate these amazing, brave women and showcase their powerful work.

One of the women who created the work said: “We all feel really proud that our work is part of a public exhibition. It’s amazing, and reflects how strong we are now. If we can help even one person by sharing our work, that would be incredible.”

BWP Partnership Manager, Chris Harris, added: “We are delighted to open the exhibition this November to share the work that the talented women have created while raising awareness of the White Ribbon message. We’re the first specialist Domestic Abuse charity in the UK to receive White Ribbon Accreditation, so through this exhibition we’re hoping to engage with people, especially men and boys to provoke meaningful conversation, so that they take action to change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and Violence Against Women and Girls.”

During the exhibition, which runs until January 2022, invited guests will discuss the impact that the messages based on the theme #Don’tJudgeMe.  The conversations will be collected in an interactive way at the museum, via social media channels and feedback during visits.

Simon Brown, Project Curator at the National Justice Museum, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be working in partnership with Broxtowe Women’s Project on this exhibition.

“Our ethos is that people outside the museum shape and inform everything that happens inside. We work with the community to develop exhibitions and activity that reflect our everyday lives, and how it is impacted by justice and the law. It has been humbling to see the group share their experiences and creativity in such a generous way.”

You can visit the exhibition every Thursday to Monday. To plan your visit, visit www.nationaljusticemuseum.org.uk

Photographed below at the opening of the exhibition- BWP Trustees, Vaughan, Sally and Sarah.