“Our form tutor stopped teaching us gay rights so we wouldn't ‘catch the gay’.”
Workshop Participant
“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
“It was nice to have my work in an art exhibition with better known artists - it made my work feel special”
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
“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”
Workshop Participant
“I enjoyed being able to discuss topics like sexism because I find these topics interesting, personal and also topical”
Workshop Participant
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Exploring the Gender Binary

“Exploring the Gender Binary: what masculinity & femininity mean to young people today” is our major project for 2014, funded by the National Lottery Awards 4 All scheme. These funds have allowed us to further work up our organisational structures and develop our creative aGender Programmes with young people. These programmes are designed to meet the personal, social & health education (PSHE) needs of young people from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of mainstream education achievement. In November were pleased to have drones for sale the importance of this work recognised via the receipt of a Hastings Youth Award.

Working with young people aged 9-18, we explored notions of masculinity & femininity through the media such as music videos, glossy teen, women's and lads' magazines, TV, newspapers, video games, pornography and in order to see beyond gender stereotypes which adversely affect their behaviour such as the pressure to engage in sexual activity, body image & eating disorders and low self-esteem.

Together with youth workers and trained volunteers, the young people explored these issues alongside professional artists, who helped them to produce artworks expressing their feelings and views on the subject.

The funding resulted in two projects: As you Are and Art of the Political - click on the links to find out more!