What's Next? Apply to Join The Student Social Action Group
The next step is to form a Student Social Action Group which will shape our creative programme for the Let's Talk About Sex project in 2022 with students from the Northern School of Art, Durham University and Bishop Auckland College coming together and collaborating.
This project has been funded to facilitate a group of young people aged 16-24 to be supported by the creative team at Changing Relations and experts and academics in this field of research from Durham University to; enable them to create commissions for professional artists; co-produce new artwork and; deliver a digital campaign, exhibition, or final event, helping the Let’s Talk About Sex project and your views and ideas in gaining a wider public reach and contribute to Durham’s annual art festival Summer in The City.
The project will run from January to June 2022.
Why Join the Student Social Action Group?
As part of the group, you will:
- enact social change
- develop your CV
- develop skills in leadership, marketing, event planning, project management
- get an insight into the different jobs in the cultural sector
- eat free snacks!
- meet like-minded students from each of the three institutions involved
- have the opportunity to organise social events for the group
- collaborate and co-produce
- work alongside local creative artists and professionals
You must be willing to try to attend all the sessions delivered. We anticipate the commitment being around 10-12 days over 6 months but expect the final form of this group to be shaped by the group itself.
The group will meet regularly at a space (tbc) in Durham University (travel grants are available).
How Do I Apply?
If you are interested in applying to join the group please complete the form below by 9am Friday 3rd December at the latest.
Alternatively, you can record and upload your response in video or audio format (approx 3-5 min max) and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please ensure that you have answered all three questions:
- Why you want the opportunity to participate in a Changing Relations project and why do you want to be part of this project?
- What is there to gain from having-or-striving-to normalise conversations about harmful sexual attitudes and behaviours?
- What skills, qualities or experience do you have that you think you could offer the group?
Artwork created during the Artist In Residences at the Northern School of Art and Durham University.
There are so many questions that you may have about sex. Education, family, peers and social media have such an influence on sexual stereotypes, expectations and behaviour. The lack of open conversation can lead to harmful misconceptions.
Let’s Talk About Sex aims to co-create artistic work with students aged 16 to 24 from The Northern School of Art, Durham University and Bishop Auckland College, in order to challenge harmful sexual attitudes and behaviours and facilitate open conversation, resulting in confidence, knowledge and healthy intimate relationships.
Why? In March 2021, the devastating murder of former Durham University student Sarah Everard, whose death sparked outrage and protests over the rates of violence against women came just months after the Everyone’s Invited’s mission was founded in June 2020, its aim to express and eradicate rape culture with empathy, compassion and understanding which has already to date received over 54,000 testimonies (Oct 2021).
In 2020 a high profile UK university was shaken by fresh claim of sexism and rape culture. Messages from group chats were published on social media to horrified students. A chat from the group exposed ‘posh lads’ plans to compete to sleep with the poorest girl at the University highlighting an intersection of sexism & classism embedded in higher and further education. Bringing together students from different institutions to collaborate creatively will work to address the issues and break down barriers.
Whats happening? With the work of our Artist in Residence, Lou Brown aka Goodstrangevibes, we will be engaging students through drop-in sessions and artistic workshops to create a platform to explore how these issues affect young people.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Goodstrangevibes is run by Lou, a queer artist who creates illustrations to make difference in respect to body positivity, mental health, LGBTQ+ topics and sex education.
Lou's artwork is informed by their academic insights, queer identity, past experience of an eating disorder and current experience of anxiety and OCD.
With funding from Curious Arts and Queer Arts North, they recently delivered Revolutionising Sex Education, a project that aimed to shake up sex education. The output was a zine featuring illustrations to expose the reality of sex and its multiplicities through the lens of raw sex stories. To support the artist and purchase a copy of the Zine or other artwork head to their shop.
Where can you find us?
THE NORTHERN SCHOOL OF ART
Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th October 2021
Workshop: 17th November 2021
10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm
The SU Hatch, Church Square Campus
Please indicate which time workshop you wish to attend (10am or 1pm)
BISHOP AUCKLAND COLLEGE
Tuesday 30th November 2021
We are working directly with the art department for both the drop-in session and the artist workshop. The workshop is open to all students at Bacoll.
Information & Support
If you are looking for more information or support on any of the themes we are exploring please download our support sheet.
Everyone’s Invited is a safe place for survivors to share their stories completely anonymously. The act of sharing their story with Everyone’s Invited allows many survivors a sense of relief, catharsis, empowerment, and gives them a feeling of community and hope.