What would our society look like if we had gender equality?

Today I am pleased to launch the ‘Expressions of Feminism’ project, an arts competition aimed at 13-16 year olds in the wider community of Belfast. Our aim for this project is to get young people talking about gender equality, examining how the current power imbalances in society affect each and every one of us. We are therefore contacting you to encourage you to take part in this project with the young people you work with in your community. It is hoped that this project will be an act of collaboration, with your young people working together to imagine a future where everyone is equal and free to express themselves in the way they choose.

As such, we are asking young people to work in groups to produce a piece of art (a painting, collage, song, video, story, etc.) that represents or imagines what the world would look like with gender equality. We attach here an information pack to use with your groups that summarises some of the main issues relating to gender at the moment and some links to further resources you may find useful. We appreciate that in the current climate, working collaboratively may be difficult. Each youth group can therefore submit up to 3 pieces that will represent your community/organisation (you might want to split your young people into smaller groups, or have each of them come up with ideas before choosing three to submit). It is our intention to display all of the work at an exhibition at Queen’s in the summer (Covid permitting); if this is not possible, we will create an online exhibition where the young people will be able to talk about their work.

The deadline for submissions will be 31st May 2021 and we ask that you please let us know in advance the form your submission will take (e.g. physical piece, media, interactive) and how you wish to submit it (you may wish to take a photograph of a physical piece initially and then present it to us at the exhibition, or you may want to create a digital piece that you need us to print). I will send out a form closer to the time for you to provide this information.

Please think about how you wish to submit your artwork and get in touch with usto let us know. You may wish to take a photograph of a physical piece initially and then present it to us at the exhibition, or you may want to create a digtal piece that you need us to print.

In the meantime, please can you let us know if you intend to take part by filling in this form: https://forms.gle/Joxo4BeejbwAKuE39 . This is just to give us an idea of numbers and you can withdraw at any time. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing all the wonderful creativity of our young people.

Download the information packs below