Space for Dialogue

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22 Mar 2017

6.30pm to 8pm

Wednesday 22 March
Lecture Theatre A

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How can we create accessible spaces that allow for dialogue around our diverse gender and sexual identities? This panel debate features a range of practitioners and organisations who have designed innovative projects that create new spaces for dialogue around LGBTQI+ concerns. From large arts organisations to home grown initiatives, the panelists will discuss their challenges, successes and visions for the future.

Nadine Davis, filmmaker, curator and Co-Founder of BBZ Collective
Bold, Brazen Zamis or ‘Babes’ is a monthly exhibition/dance party based primarily in south-east London, centred on positive femme identity and eradicating misogyny for creative queer women and genderqueer people of colour. It provides a platform exploring a plethora of media, from moving image to sound, performance and much more. BBZ is an intentional space, prioritising queer, trans and non-binary people of colour. Any behaviour deemed as disrespectful, classist, sexist, racist or homophobic is not tolerated.
Dawn Hoskin, Assistant Curator at The Victoria & Albert Museum and Co-Chair of the V&A’s LGBTQ Group
Dawn Hoskin is Assistant Curator of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum and has been Co-Chair of the Museum’s LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) Working Group since 2012. The V&A’s LGBTQ Working Group aims to facilitate understanding of LGBTQ identities and histories within the context of the museum's activities. Research into queer histories and investigation of the Museum collections is an ongoing activity. Regular public programming enables this work, and broader discussions, to connect most directly with visitors.
Felix Lane, Co-director of Open Barbers
Felix is the Co-Director of Open Barbers, a hairdressing service for any hair length and type, welcoming all genders and sexualities. Open Barbers began as a monthly pop-up 6 years ago, and is now a full time salon and social space, with its own shop in Hoxton, east London. Felix has an arts background, has been involved with Open Barbers since 2011, and is interested in building community support systems to try to overcome the challenges of an increasingly scary world.
Charlie Craggs, Nail Transphobia
Charlie Craggs, 24, is a trans activist and the founder of award-winning national campaign Nail Transphobia. Charlie was ranked #1 on the Observer's 2016 New Radicals list, a list of radical social innovators in Britain, and was also named one of the most influential and inspirational LGBT people in the UK by both the Guardian and the Independent on the Rainbow List and Pride Power List. She has starred in campaigns for Selfridges, The Victoria & Albert Museum and Stonewall, and regularly writes and speaks about trans issues for numerous publications, on the news (BBC, ITV & Sky) and even at the Houses of Parliament.
Panel Chair: Denise Ackerl
Denise Ackerl is currently doing a practice-based PhD at Chelsea College of Art where she looks into strategies of resistance in the digital space from a feminist performance perspective. Her work is located in the context of post-fordism and cyberfeminism(s). She is also the organiser of a monthly discussion group called Space for Failure where students, alumni and practitioners across UAL working in feminist queer performance practices can share ideas and present work. It is an initiative to provide a safe space to test and experiment, for people working in feminist/queer practices outside of established structures of presentation. Space for Failure has been operating since March 2016 across several locations with LCC as one of the central ones.

[Image by LCC MA Photography graduate Davide Meneghello]