The great success for the Year of Roses 2021 continues: the initiative is promoted internationally by Okay! and ACT, Art Culture Tourism. Today we present the images received from Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP), Nottinghamshire, UK. The photographs are accompanied by an interesting and meaningful comment, which we publish here.
What does a rose mean to you? “He noticed her there, amongst all the weeds, a beautiful rose, about to bloom…but one day he plucked her and stole her from her world. Snatching her away, from all she knew. From all she loved.”
This moving line from a poem by Sarah captures what a rose means to just one of the women Broxtowe Women’s Project (BWP) supports. The imagery Sarah captures with her poem ‘Beautiful Rose’, sparks ideas of fairy tales, and speaks to all of us, not just those who work in the field of Domestic Abuse.
The rose’s blooms bring pleasure to our senses – like falling in love. The petals soft to our touch, the scent heady to our nose, and the flower’s complexity of colour and form a joy to our eyes. But a rose has a darker side – its thorns can prick, bring pain, even blood. While its tendrils can quickly ensnare us, stopping growth, blocking out the light.
Like a fairy tale, a rose can tell a story of both beauty and pain. For women who experience Domestic Abuse, it can symbolise the start of relationship. “I love you”, or “I’m sorry” once damage has been done. For BWP, this project has given women we support a way to think about their experiences, and they have produced some wonderful written and visual artwork. In June 2021, we began to create a collection of this work, which we are adding to throughout the summer. They look forward to sharing the final bouquet of this work in a few weeks’ time.
These photos also fit right into our beautiful Album of the Year of Roses 2021, which is becoming more and more interesting and important. We remind you that for Italy photos and drawings must be sent to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. They must be accompanied by the author’s data and also by some illustrative lines. For the regulation we invite you to consult the special pages indicated below.
The Italian Page by OKAY! mag
The English Page by ACT
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