“It was nice to have my work in an art exhibition with better known artists - it made my work feel special”
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“Our form tutor stopped teaching us gay rights so we wouldn't ‘catch the gay’.”
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“I enjoyed being able to sit and work having people around me and do the blind drawing exercise because it helped me realise how structured I am and how to free my drawing”
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“I enjoyed being able to discuss topics like sexism because I find these topics interesting, personal and also topical”
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“If I could plan my own sex ed, I would include many different kinds of relationships from all backgrounds and make sure people aren't embarrassed”
Workshop Participant
“My experience of sex ed in school was awkward with teachers laughing more than pupils & we only watched videos, not many talks”
Workshop Participant
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Art of the Political

Part of our purpose is to sensitively stimulate debate around gender and other linked social and diversity issues. 2014 saw the establishment of the aGender Make your Mark Facebook page which is administered by young people for young people. Thanks to the dedication of the volunteer administrator the page has begun to be a place of regular dialogue and exploration.

The points raised in the video are really important in all relationships, not just those which involve people with disabilities. Talking about what we are comfortable doing is very important for any relationship; you should never have to compromise on something that makes you feel uncomfortable. (Facebook entry, 2014)

We have been working in collaboration with Hastings Youth Council and held a number of sessions with young people aged 14+ to discuss the art of the political, examining artists such as Barbara Kruger, who used text in order to highlight political issues.

We recently held a session in partnership with the De La Warr Pavilion. Hastings Youth Council and friends visited the Nakeds exhibition and discussed such topics as the difference between nudity and nakedness,  media portrayals of  gender and sexuality, the personal and social impact of this and possibilities for change in society.