“I enjoyed being able to discuss topics like sexism because I find these topics interesting, personal and also topical”
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
“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
“Our form tutor stopped teaching us gay rights so we wouldn't ‘catch the gay’.”
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
“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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Ladybird by design

We took the young people who participated in the As You Are project at Hastings Adventure Playground to see the Ladybird by Design exhibition at the De La Warr Pavilion. We began by following up on the themes explored in the As You Are programme, particularly how pictures & books can reinforce or challenge stereotypes particularly of gender, race & ability.

The young people, aged 8-11, were encouraged to start looking into the messages that pictures & story books give us about girls, boys and other social groups, either via image, or absence of image. After a discussion, they were given an opportunity to explore creating new, ‘modern’ messages by tracing or copying an original Ladybird illustration and changing aspects e.g. how the children are dressed, what they are playing with etc, to give a more contemporary twist.