Wednesday 19 May, 17.00 - 18.30
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Join the Beyond the Binary project in conversation with leading LGBTIQA+ academics, artists and practitioners who campaign for accessibility and disabled representation in the UK's cultural sector. Together with our online audience, the panel will discuss what works, what doesn't and what a truly accessible future might look like in our Arts & Heritage spaces.
Panellists include Professor Richard Sandell (University of Leicester), Martin York, Mara Gold (University of Oxford and the Pitt Rivers Museum) and Lady Kitt (Social Art Network, Curious Arts).
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Richard Sandell is Professor of Museum Studies and Director of the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) at the University of Leicester. Through RCMG he works collaboratively with cultural institututions on projects that generate new insights and advance thinking and practice around their social roles, responsibility and agency. Recent collaborations have shaped major new gallery developments - such as Being Human at the Wellcome Collection in London - and large national public programmes such as Prejudice and Pride with the National Trust. In 2017 he published Museums, Moralities and Human Rights which explores how museums, galleries and heritage sites of all kinds - through the narratives they construct and publicly present - contribute to shaping the moral and political climate within which human rights are experienced, continually sought and fought for, realised and refused. In 2019, he published a major new international edited collection, Museum Activism, with Robert Janes, that explores the 'activist turn' in museum thinking and practice and makes the case for the socially purposeful museum.
Mara Gold is a DPhil student in Classical Languages and Literature based at St Hilda's College, Oxford. Mara works on Classics and Performing Identity in British Women’s Colleges 1880–1930, focussing on sapphism and queer heritage. She was the research assistant on the Beyond the Binary project at the Pitt Rivers Museum, primarily looking at LGBTIQA+ stories amongst the museum’s collections. She was co-convenor of the Oxford Queer Studies Network based at TORCH and on the steering group for Queer Research UK (QRUK), a new national network.
Prior to commencing her DPhil, Mara was employed in the arts and heritage sector, including as a researcher at the V&A, where she was involved in the LGBTQ+ working network. She has postgraduate qualifications in Advanced Theatre Practice (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), Archaeology (UCL) and Modern History (Oxford). She also has experience as a theatre practitioner and workshop facilitator, focussing on exploring identity through drama and working with disabled teenagers and adults.
Lady Kitt is a socially engaged artist, researcher and drag king, based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Kitt describes their work as "Mess Making as Social Glue, driven by an insatiable curiosity to explore, share and (gently) incite the social functions of stuff that gets called art." Using crafting, performance, chatting and research they create objects, interactions and events. Since 2018 Kitt's work has particularly focussed on the potential role of collaborative creativity in organisational policy development. Some of the things that have happened as part of their work are: super-sized origami boat races, policy change & the creation of an international feminist art magazine for and by children. Kitt is co-lead for Social Art Network (SAN) North East, trustee for Crafts Council UK and a founding member of disabled artist-led consortium Disconsortia. Kitt's work has been selected for inclusion in The Institute for Art and Innovation (Germany), 'Social Art Award 2019 Book' and recently shown at Atlanta Contemporary (USA) and Saatchi Gallery London (UK). Kitt is currently Maker in Residence at Durham University 2020-21 (UK), recipient of an Arts & Heritage 2021-22 'Meeting Point' award and one of nine 'Constellations' artists with UP Projects and Flat TIme House, London (UK).
Martin York is a champion of inclusion-led change, supporting organisations and their employees & service users to create a culture of informed respect and belonging. He is an access auditor, assessing physical spaces to ensure they are accessible for disabled citizens. Martin is particularly interested in intersectionality, with a focus on mental health. He is a Steering Group member for the UK's first purpose-built LGBT+ affirmative Extra Care development in Manchester for older people. He also volunteers for Diversity Role Models, working with schools to create safe spaces and minimise LGBT+ bullying.
Webinar supported by TORCH Oxford, as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme.
This webinar is part of the Pitt RIvers Museum Radical Hope series. All talks will be recorded and are available to view after the event on the Radical Hope page.
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