Art and Activism: Creative Workshop

A Level art students
Tuesday 16 October 2018

Upper Church Road
BS23 2AL
United Kingdom

Fully accessible for wheelchair users


This creative workshop aims to inspire and stimulate students of Art and Design to consider the role of visual culture and communication in social justice movements. The workshop will draw on the Feminist Archive’s exhibition of over 60 striking posters from the Women’s Liberation Movement at the Hans Price Conference Centre at Weston College. These posters are powerful expressions of the explosive protest movement and cultural changes from late 1960s onwards and demonstrate the importance of artistic freedom to liberating marginalised groups in society. 

Gender, Identity and Protest

These posters set the stage for a creative and interactive workshop where students of all genders have the opportunity to think critically around the themes of gender, identity and protest. Drawing on a rich handling collection of archival materials to compliment the exhibition, students will be able to take inspiration from a wide range of DIY counter-cultural media and consider how mediums such as screen-printing and zines allowed artists and activists to break down barriers to sharing their work. 

Working with the support of artist and curator Bryony Gillard, students will be invited to make their own work in response to the exhibition and themes of the workshop, either individually or in groups. Focusing on contemporary issues important to themand continuing with the DIY aesthetic, students will be able to experiment with zine, collage and poster-making, (the Feminist Archive South will provide copies of archive materials and a range of resources). We would welcome facilitating alternative mediums or adaptations. 


Students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in our touring regional exhibition which will be open to the public from 8-19 October at Weston College. We hope that participation in the workshop and exhibition may provide valuable experience for those aspiring to Higher Education or a career in the creative industry. 

Event leader
Profile picture for user Bryony Gillard
Bryony Gillard

Bryony is an artist, curator and educator and is Project Administrator for Hatpins to Hashtags. 

Situated between writing, performance, video and exhibition making, Bryony's practice draws on the notion of ‘constant revision’ — states of being in which structures or ideas can be subverted, dissolved or questioned.

Often focusing on investigating marginalized Herstories and practices, her work reflects upon events, approaches and ideas that refuse to be pinned down or categorized. Through a process of both uncovering and layering influences, histories and conversations, her work attempts to create a space for genealogies of Feminist practice that are allusive, messy and entangled in contemporary concerns.

Bryony has an MFA from the Dutch Art Institute, School for Art Praxis and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including a group exhibition in 2018 exploring the writings of Virginia Woolf at Tate St.Ives, Pallant House (Chichester) and the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge).

She has also worked in the arts as a curator and producer for the last 10 years, working with institutions including Arnolfini, Plymouth Art Centre and Newlyn Art Gallery. As an educator Bryony works with young people and adults in a range of formal and informal learning environments, including peer-led workshops such as EBC Night School, as a visiting lecturer for at universities and colleges including Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth University, Croydon College and the University of the West of England and facilitating workshops in secondary schools in the Bristol area.