Engage North West Area Group Meeting

Monday 10 July
People’s History Museum, Manchester
10.30am – 4.00pm 

Never Going Underground: creating an LGBT+ community engagement toolkit

How can galleries and museums make their spaces more welcoming for LGBT+ visitors? How are LGBT+ lives and voices represented in galleries and museums? What steps can we take to ensure that hidden stories are uncovered and LGBT+ communities are reflected in our organisations? Taking People’s History Museum’s landmark programme Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights as a starting point, participants will develop practical strategies for engaging with an often underrepresented community. There will be a focus on creating Family Friendly programming and community co-production. Artmob, the curators of Continuum: Framing Trans Lives in 21st Century Britain will explore specific issues of trans representation and showcase their pioneering group show featuring 14 trans and non-binary artists. 

Agenda 

10.30am Registration & refreshments
11.00am Welcome & Introductions
11.15am Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights, Catherine O’Donnell, Programme Manager

Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights is a year-long season of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present and future of LGBT+ activism. Each element of the programme has been co-produced with LGBT+ communities to create a diverse, inclusive programme. Catherine will discuss the challenges and successes of managing a landmark exhibition created by a team of nine volunteer Community Curators, and working cross-departmentally to embed community engagement within the heart of our exhibitions programme.

11.45am Introduction to Family Friendly programme & Family Friendly tour of Never Going Underground, Liz Thorpe, Learning Officer

The Never Going Underground Family programme was developed in partnership with Proud 2 b Parents. This session will look at how PHM explored challenging themes in a child appropriate way, used consultation to create a new events programme and lessons learnt along the way. During a tour of the exhibition, Liz will discuss the process of embedding family friendly elements in the heart of the exhibition and the feedback received from our visitors so far.

12.45pm Networking lunch

Opportunity to visit Never Going Underground banner display and Queer Noise exhibition

1.45pm Tour of Continuum exhibition and discussion Alex Gardner & Louis Bailey, ArtMob

Alex and Louis will lead a tour of Continuum: Framing Trans Lives in 21st Century Britain and discuss the creation of Artmob and of the exhibition, from conception to realisation. This will be followed by a discussion/Q&A session focused on the importance of creating opportunities for trans artists to find their creative voices within safe spaces, and the importance of providing platforms on which their explorations and resultant body of work can be presented to both trans/queer communities and a wider audience.

2.45pm Refreshment break

3.00pm Reflection session: creating a toolkit of how to work with LGBT+ communities and increase LGBT+ representation in galleries and museums

Participants will work together to create a toolkit of practical steps to make their organisation more inclusive to LGBT+ communities. From gender neutral toilets to queering collections, experiments and best practice will be shared. The toolkit will be circulated after the workshop to Engage members.

3.45pm Closing remarks & feedback from participants

4.00pm Workshop ends

To book a place, contact Area Group Reps Catherine O’Donnell, Betty Ritchie & Hannah Gaunt. Catherine.odonnell@phm.org.uk / betty.r@thebluecoat.org.uk / Hannah.gaunt@riba.org

Please include dietary requirements and any access or support needs.

Area Group Meetings are free of charge to engage members, and members from any region are invited to attend. *Non-members are welcome to attend one ‘taster’ meeting for an entrance fee of £5 (non-members who have attended a meeting before please contact engage or visit our website to find out about the benefits of joining engage). Members can view details of forthcoming area group activities and reports from past meetings here.

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