two rows of pieces of artwork created by various participants in response to intersectional feminism and rewild your feral self


Friday 8th March: International Women’s Day. INSPIRE INCLUSION 

 The University of Brighton’s School of Art and Media marked International Women’s Day with a 3-hour creative and academic workshop exploring issues of inclusivity within the community, within feminism and within creative and academic practice and labour.  

The inclusive session ran both in-person and online, to allow for as many participants to join as possible.  

people participating in a workshop
people participating in a workshop
a screen of an online meeting projected on to a wall

There were two workshops running concurrently for the duration of the event. Participants had the choice to engage with one or both workshops. Some materials and visuals were provided but participants were welcome to bring their own.  

The output from both workshops will feed into a zine which is being co-curated by the Inclusive Practice Students.

Workshop 1: Intersectional Feminism collage workshop 

The Inclusive Practice Leads Louise Colbourne and Mylinh Nguyen, along with the IPP Students ran an interactive zine workshop, where they used the speaker sessions to inform and discuss Intersectional Feminism.

Kimberlé Crenshaw who coined the term intersectionality, states that Intersectional Feminism recognises how “various forms of inequality often operate together and exacerbate each other”  

Examples of feminist zines and materials was provided

collage material of domestic

feminist books

pieces of torn imagery placed on top of each other
a collage of mixed media onto a yellow duster
Vanessa Marr, mixed media, 2024
a collage of black and white east-asian imagery and an origami boat
Mylinh Nguyen, mixed media, 2024

Workshop 2: Rewild Your Feral Self (a call to arms) / Let us grow wild (a demand) / Let’s grow wild (an invitation).   

Senior Course Administrator, Katie Beecroft, ran a visual statements workshop. Expanding the idea of rewilding from an environmental concept, this workshop will be exploring it further as a way of discovering a sense of freeing ourselves from the dominant patriarchal systems and domestication of modern society. Using Katie’s letterpress prints as a starting point, participants were invited to create their own bold statements, voicing assertions and affirmations.   

artwork depicting a being with two horns coming from the side of the head with text and eyes drawn around the being

two mixed media collage work in progress

four pieces of artwork
Teddy Baron, ink, 2024

a person drawing onto paper

Speaker sessions: 

The unseen legacies of oppression in participation. 

Our first discussion session was introduced by Chantal Spencer whose work explores legacies of oppression that exist within traditional participatory design and research methodologies. Chantal’s work aims to move beyond prevailing ideologies of inclusivity, particularly those formulated by individuals in positions of power. She instead argues that radical philosophical shifts in thinking are needed, advocating for a transformative approach where those who are conventionally designated as the recipients of inclusivity actively lead the discourse.In this session, we will discuss the concept encapsulated by the disability rights movement’s coined phrase “nothing about us without us”. Approaching this from an intersectional feminist standpoint, we will explore the efficacy of participatory research practices in aligning with this call to action. The central question at hand is whether these practices genuinely contribute to the inclusivity and empowerment of marginalised communities, with a particular emphasis on women, or if they inadvertently perpetuate a superficial remedy that conceals broader systemic injustices. 

women sat around tables creating artwork

people standing looking over piece of artwork laid on the floor

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