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Changing Relations is an art-based education and training company that challenges thinking around gender norms, gender equality and healthy relationships via creative methods. Their latest project (taking place between 14th – 30th September), Stepping Out of The Box is a multimedia exhibition coming to Locomotion, Shildon, which aims to spark conversations around gender roles and aspirations in the local community. The exhibition is the culmination of a series of creative workshops in which young people from across South West Durham began to question destructive social pressures and explore healthier alternatives together with our resident artists. It features a brand new collage, monoprint, textile and poetry content that opens a space for all of us to question our views around masculinity and femininity. Admission is free and no booking is required

Running alongside the exhibition is the panel talk, Regional Regeneration: Is it Still A Man’s World? on Thursday 19th September (7:30-9pm). This discussion looks at how jobs are still distributed along traditional gender lines and looks at whether, and how, gender should and could be factored into regeneration plans for South-West Durham. On the panel is Tom Dower, Principal of UTC South Durham who is passionate about getting girls into STEM subjects, Dr Julie Crawshaw, a Senior Lecturer in Art and Design History at Northumbria University whose PhD study followed the regeneration practice of Sunderland, and Dr Nicola Patterson, Senior Lecturer in Leader Development and Organisation Futures at Newcastle University whose PhD explored leader and follower perspectives of entrepreneurial leadership in small businesses from a gender perspective. Tickets just £5 plus booking fee via this link. 

Then, on Thursday 26th September (between 7-9pm) Locomotion will be opening late for a special evening of spoken word and open mic, delivered in partnership with Daisy Arts’ youth theatre group. The night features three Spoken Word Artists who will explore the themes of gender equality and destructive cultural pressures using their individual styles. It will also be a brilliant chance for poetry newcomers to experience the wonderful world of poetry or to discover some outstanding talent from across the country.

Taking part in the evening is comedian Dan Webber who is currently touring his show, Genre Fluid which is a study into labels in everyday life, in the arts and the LGBT+ community. He will be joined by Emily Pritchard, a poet and performer based in York, whose work centres around family, queerness, and the body, as well as Julie Easley, a performance poet, and event organiser/host for the Saltburn DiVerse night, a monthly cabaret of ‘other voices.’ Tickets for this event are £5 and available online.

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