Deborah Kelly Equal Futures Workshop

Presented by UTS ART in partnership with the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion Equal Futures Program, UTS

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    Level 1, Building 15
    622-632 Harris St
    Ultimo NSW 2007

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  • Free, UTS Staff and Students only

Take part in a collage-making workshop with acclaimed Australian artist Deborah Kelly who will lead participants in exploring identity, dreams, technology, science and the more-than-human world through art. Artwork and designs you produce will contribute to a new visual identity for the Equal Futures Athena SWAN gender equity program at UTS.

Famous for fusing icons from the art pantheon and snippets from textbooks and magazines, Deborah Kelly creates fantastical new creatures – otherworldly beings that challenge preconceptions of race, culture and gender. They are powerful, playful, political and strikingly beautiful.

Workshops will be supportive and collaborative, leading participants through the process of creating collages using Deborah’s own collection of vintage science textbooks, encyclopaedias and other collected imagery.

What is Athena SWAN?  

The male-dominated fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) struggle to attract and retain female talent. UTS has signed up to the Athena SWAN Bronze Award, a national gender equity pilot for women in STEMM, to help level the playing field. We have set a target of employing 40% academic women in STEMM by 2022, to support women to progress and stay in their chosen careers.

Who can contribute? 

We are seeking students and staff whose work and research broadly touch on STEMM areas, as well as those from Design, Health, Architecture and Entrepreneurship, to bring your perspective to the way we talk about and engage with gender equity at the university. We encourage women, Indigenous Australians, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ and participants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

What’s required from you? 

  • The commitment to attend 2 x two-hour workshops in consecutive weeks.
  • Register below through Eventbrite by midnight Thursday 26 September 2019. There are limited spaces so register early!