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Days Out in Brighton - Free Women's Events Sat 4 March

Only 24% of people interviewed, heard, seen or read about in mainstream broadcast and print news are female - Brighton International Women's Day website informs us.

Days Out in Brighton - Free Women's Events Sat 4 March, photo by modern bric a brac

So, feel inspired to join in talks that are for and about women. There's a huge list of events taking place that includes singing, reiki, real junk food lunch, tours on female artists, photography, poetry, blogging and a drop-in space provided by Brighton's Women Centre.

Check out the details below or click on the links to find out more:

Saturday 4 March, 10am-5pm, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
Free entry for everyone at Brighton Museum as we celebrate International Women’s Day, with Brighton Dome and Festival and Brighton Women’s Centre. Be inspired and empowered by a diverse programme of talks, performances and workshops.

All Day, Brighton Museum Art Room - Children's Area
The Early Childhood Project host a dynamic and nurturing children’s area for children and their carers to enjoy together. There will be activities for a range of ages from 0 – 12, plus plenty for parents and carers to browse and talk about.

All Day (except 1-2pm), Brighton Museum Lab: Wonder Women
Meet some incredible women from history, including Brighton suffragette, Minnie Turner, and fossil hunter Mary Anning, whilst getting up close and personal with some of Brighton Museum’s Collections.

All Day, Brighton Museum Lunch Room: Brighton Women's Centre Drop-in Space (women only)
For the first time ever they are providing a safe, nurturing environment for all self-identified women at International Women’s Day. The space will be free to access and experienced BWC staff and volunteers will offer support and a kind ear, information about specialist organisations, or simply company.

Days Out in Brighton - Free Women's Events Sat 4 March, photo by modern bric a brac

10am - 4pm, Brighton Museum: Virgin Territory Workspace

Take a moment to reflect and make something in response to how our highly digitized, porn-infused culture is affecting young people’s identities, personal choices and relationships.

Days Out in Brighton - Free Women's Events Sat 4 March, photo by modern bric a brac

10.30am - 11.15am, The Old Courtroom: Sing Your Heart Out with Aneesa Chaudhry! (women only)

No judgement, even from yourself. Get together with women from all over to sing, have fun and make some new friends.

10.30am - 11.30am, Brighton Museum Seminar Room: Heritage Voices, Women Write
Poet Evlynn Sharp will facilitate this workshop and encourage everyone to write from the heart; show daring, courage or vulnerability with hope, and in tribute to creative freedom.

11am - 11.30am, Brighton Museum Education Pavilion: Feminism in Theory with Simi Dosekun
Simi, a Nigerian feminist, makes a case for why feminism needs theory, but also more. By drawing on examples from black and African feminist thinking, she will take us through some of the ways in which theory can sharpen our activist practice.

11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, Brighton Museum foyer: Walking Talking Curator on the hour every hour
Pop up talks with curator Dr Alexandra Loske, looking at paintings brought out especially from the museum store, by Dame Laura Knight, Angelica Kauffmann, amongst others.

Days Out in Brighton - Free Women's Events Sat 4 March, photo by modern bric a brac

11.30am and 2.30pm, Brighton Museum: Discover the Women of Brighton with tour guide Louise Peskitt

Explore the important women of Brighton’s history with a walking tour of the Royal Pavilion Estate (approximately 45 minutes long). Meet in the Museum Foyer

11.45 - 12.15pm, Brighton Museum Education Pavilion: A Beginner’s Guide to Intersectionality with Arianne Shavisi
Arianne Shavisi will introduce the idea of intersectionality, which simply means that feminists should consider the many different, interlinked ways in which people are affected by the way our society operates.

11.45am – 1pm, Brighton Museum Temporary Exhibition Gallery: Open Space Discussion with Brighton Women’s Centre
Sophie Gibson of Brighton Women’s Centre invites you to join our Open Space Discussion: What does it mean to be a Feminist in the twenty first century?

12pm – 5pm, Brighton Museum Seminar Room: Complementary Therapies (Women Only)
Maja Jordan and her team will be offering a range of low cost complementary therapies including Indian Head Massage and Reiki.

Days Out in Brighton - Free Women's Events Sat 4 March, photo by modern bric a brac

12pm – 1.45pm, Brighton Museum Old Courtroom: In Conversation: Women and Photography

Join renowned photographers Marilyn Stafford and Nina Emett as they each present a selection of photographs from their work based on the theme of women, hosted by Miniclick facilitator, Jim Stephenson.

12pm – 2pm, Lunch with Real Junk Food Project
Come and fill your bellies at IWD with the most delicious AND ethically sourced food.

12.30pm – 1pm, Brighton Museum Education Pavilion: Travelling Alone with Laura Barton
Join Laura Barton as she talks about her experiences of travelling alone as a woman

1pm – 2pm, Brighton Museum Lab: Zine Making Workshop
Anyone can make a zine. You don’t need a computer, fancy programming, or super cool contacts. You just need something to say, and some materials with which to express that!

1.15pm – 1.30pm, Brighton Museum: Staging the Female Experience with Charlotte Vincent
Vincent talks about why her work interrogates gender stereotypes, power, violence and pornography and discusses the need for women’s stories to be heard to counter the insidious sexism and creative bravado that seems to persists within our culture and beyond.

Days Out in Brighton - Free Women's Events Sat 4 March, photo by modern bric a brac

1.15pm – 1.45pm, Brighton Museum Education Pavilion: Leap In with Alexandra Heminsley
Alex discusses her latest book, LEAP IN

2pm - 2.30pm, Brighton Museum Education Pavilion: Fat Bodies with Mathilda Gregory
Mathilda Gregory is a writer and a performer who makes work about bodies and popular culture. She is the most famous author of werewolf erotica in the world.

2.45pm - 3.15pm, Brighton Museum Fashion & Style Gallery: Helen McCookerybook: Women in Punk
Helen Reddington, aka musician and writer ‘Helen McCookerybook’ lifts the lid on women in the punk scene. Plus the last chance to see the display Photo-Punk: 40 images from the birth of UK punk by Ian Dickson and Kevin Cummins

2.45pm - 3.45pm, Brighton Museum Education Pavilion: Blog to Express, not to Impress
Join Brighton Girl Editors Pippa and Sofaya for a workshop encouraging Bloggers to break all of the rules they’ve ever heard about blogging and embrace individuality. The event is for every Blogger, Pippa told me, "having blogged for 7 and a half years, I can honestly say that it's easy to get lost in what I'm told is right to do, as opposed to just doing me. For older Bloggers, this workshop would be really useful as a "check in" to ensure that they're happy with how their blog is going. I'd love experienced Bloggers to come along and inspire newer Bloggers and give them the support that the Blogger generations above us have offered." Click here to find out more about the content driven community set up to support young women in Brighton, called Brighton Girl .

New display: Marvellous Mary Merrifield
From 4 March, Museum Lab display case (adjacent to North Balcony, free with admission), Brighton Museum

Mary Philadelphia Merrifield (1804–1889) was a remarkable, self-educated woman who spent most of her life in Brighton. She wrote about colour, dress history, marine algae and even Brighton's tourist features, and was actively involved in shaping the natural history collections at Brighton Museum in the later 19th century. To mark International Women's Day on 8 March this small display outside Museum Lab will include images, maps, letters, books and other items relating to Merrifield's life.

There will also be a related talk later in the month at The Keep:
In Search of Colour in the 1840s: Mrs Merrifield’s Continental Journey, 29 March, 5:30-6:30, The Keep with art historian and curator Dr Alexandra Loske.

Hope to see you there!

Sarah xx

Sarah Agnew
Blogger, Modern Bric a Brac

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