Huge sup­port for new fam­ily vi­o­lence ex­hi­bi­tion

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS -

Sup­port for No Shame, No Si­lence, the ex­hi­bi­tion about fam­ily vi­o­lence and the fam­ily court’s re­sponse to it, is gain­ing sup­port from around Horowhenua and the na­tion.

One lo­cal sup­porter is Horowhenua District Councillor and lo­cal busi­ness owner Vic­to­ria Kaye-Sim­mons, who has since brought in her daugh­ter Kirby, who dragged along Oliver Par­rant.

“This ex­hi­bi­tion is unique,” Cr Kaye Sim­mons says.

“Artists con­trib­uted their own work to cre­ate aware­ness of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and our fam­ily court sys­tem.

“We need to en­sure the cor­rect im­ple­men­ta­tion of fam­ily vi­o­lence leg­is­la­tion is in our fam­ily court sys­tem.

“I’m here to help this ex­hi­bi­tion build a big­ger pro­file around the pro­tec­tion of our women and chil­dren and their right to thrive in a safe, happy and lov­ing en­vi­ron­ment. So­cial is­sues and stigma around peo­ple liv­ing this night­mare need to be talked about more.

“Their sto­ries need to be shared. We all need to play a part in help­ing oth­ers to un­der­stand.”

She says when Sarah Jayne Shine told her about the con­cept for the ex­hi­bi­tion she was ea­ger to help. “Horowhenua has the sec­ond high­est stats for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in the coun­try, so I of­fered my ser­vices to help lift the pro­file.”

Kirby Kaye Sim­mons and Oliver Par­rant have been door knock­ing around the district’s busi­ness com­mu­nity for con­tri­bu­tions to the auc­tion which will be held in con­junc­tion with the ex­hi­bi­tion, the proceeds of which will go the the lo­cal women’s refuge.

They are putting to­gether packs of good­ies which will be auc­tioned off.

Each pack con­tains 12-15 do­na­tions and vary in value from $25 to $250 a pack.

“This ex­hi­bi­tion is bring­ing peo­ple to­gether who wouldn’t nor­mally in­ter­act,” says Kirby, 18, who has be­come spokesper­son for No Shame No Si­lence.

She be­came in­volved by driv­ing her mum to com­mit­tee meet­ings and was of­fered some tasks be­fore be­com­ing fully in­volved.

She found a side­kick in Oliver Par­rant, 16, who runs his own photography busi­ness and is an as­pir­ing artist.

The pair have been in­stru­men­tal in get­ting a $9600 con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the art in­stal­la­tion from the Min­istry of Youth De­vel­op­ment.

The youth in­stal­la­tion, in­spired by Roald Dahl’s Big Friendly Gi­ant story, con­sists of 100 jars dec­o­rated with chil­dren’s vi­sions of ei­ther a dream or a night­mare of life with or with­out do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. There will also be five large jars on plinths with a much big­ger story. Oliver and artist Ari­ana Bell are tak­ing care of those big jars.

Venus An­drews, Zac An­drews and Saxon Shine will do the re­main­ing three jars. Oliver’s work is based around his paint­ing and in­volves a bro­ken jar be­ing put to­gether again as a sym­bol that what’s bro­ken can be healed.

“The ex­hi­bi­tion will be much big­ger than ex­pected and the cal­i­bre of the work sub­mit­ted is amaz­ing,” says Cr Kaye Sim­mons.

Kirby Kaye Sim­mons, Oliver Par­rant and Vic­to­ria Kaye Sim­mons are ar­dent sup­port­ers of the No Shame No Si­lence ex­hi­bi­tion.

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