Stapleford Exhibition Carries Life-Saving Message

An exhibition of art, poetry and paper butterflies in Stapleford which highlights domestic abuse has been opened by the Mayor of Broxtowe to mark International Women’s Day.

The exhibition of work, curated by Broxtowe Women’s Project, will run at Stapleford Library this month.  It was officially opened by the Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Richard MacRae, on 5 March.

The work on display includes writing and photography that will invite visitors to reflect on some of the stereotypes around Domestic Abuse.

Accompanying these pieces are 110 beautiful white paper butterflies, made by Rosa Davies. Each represents each woman killed by a man in 2021 in the UK. Photos of the paper butterflies will be ‘released’ through social media to spread the message.

Rosa, from The Hive Women’s Institute based in Beeston and already has received support from MP for Birmingham Yardley Jess Phillips.

Jess Phillips MP said:” The Broxtowe Women’s Project campaign to release virtual butterflies is a touching act of remembrance for the women who have died because of domestic violence, I send love and solidarity to those impacted and thank BWP for organising this.”

Rosa said: “Each butterfly represents a British woman killed by a man in the last 12 months. I am very proud of them,  and hope they will make this difficult subject more easy to speak about for those who see them.”

The Nottinghamshire WI and Stapleford WI are also getting involved with the white butterfly release, helping the butterfly images fly far and wide via social media, taking their message with them.

BWP’s Partnership Manager, Chris Harris, said: “Our Break the Bias exhibition to mark International Women’s Day creates another opportunity to use women’s artwork to continue important conversations.

“We are incredibly grateful to the brilliant women who have produced the work, we respect their creativity, generosity of spirit and bravery in articulating their experiences.”

The exhibition is open at Stapleford Library throughout March. If you see one of the White Butterflies on social media, please share it, tag friends or organisations and help us to share this vital message.