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QUEERING THE ART CLASSROOM

Queering the Art Classroom is an educational organisation, working to develop a more inclusive curriculum.

In particular, we recognise the needs and rights of all the characteristics listed as protected under the Equality Act of 2010. Therefore, we aspire to make Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Asexual and other gender non-conforming persons (LGBTQIA+) in education, such as teachers, students and parents, feel included within the system.

Queering the art classroom takes part in university research, debate and curriculum development on gender and sexuality issues. There is evidence to suggest that homophobia is prominent in UK schools, yet measures to address the issue have largely rested on schools and LGBTQIA+ charities reducing discussions of homosexuality to anti-bullying discourses and introducing curriculum modifications that are overwhelmingly homonormative. The limitations of these current methods ignore the societal and institutional power structures that produce homophobia, which is often referred to as heteronormativity. It has been suggested that heteronormativity, not victim narratives or counter-stereotypes, needs to be addressed in the curriculum to prevent homophobia and create inclusive learning environments.

Art education is a fruitful site for addressing heteronormativity. Art education can promote criticality and inclusive learning, which serves to counter oppressive discourses. Yet, commentators within art education have suggested that some of art education’s strongest attributes - criticality and exploration - tend to be overlooked, especially within commonly used art curriculum topics such as ‘identity’. Indeed, under this topic, gender and sexuality is hardly ever broached. Through the application of a pedagogy rooted in queer theory, Queering the Art Classroom explores the possibilities of challenging heteronormativity through art interventions. As such, Queering the Art Classroom aims to beyond the homonormative inclusion of LGBTQIA+ content, towards a deeper exploration of gender and sexuality.

Queering the Art Classroom firmly believes that queer theory can inform and develop the art curriculum and that the art curriculum can inform and develop queer theory. It is this sentiment that encourages us to keep pushing forward for progress.

In order to achieve our goal to make education inclusive for everyone, we need your help.

This Just Giving campaign will fund our first exhibition which is taking place in July 2018. We need your help for a mixture of activities, great and small, from printing and producing our publication, to contributing towards artist fees. We need further assistance to ensure that we can continue our work in schools, travelling around the U.K with a series of workshops the team have prepared. We really need your help to bring this organisation to life.

THE EXHIBITION CONTENTS

The exhibition will be a small show of GCSE art students work, who have taken part in "Queering the Art Classroom'. This exhibition is taking place at Sutton House.

As we are an educational organisation, it is vital that we use this platform to run community workshops within the exhibition. Your donations will ensure that we can buy materials for these events.

We have carefully selected images for our publication, and wish to use the exhibition catalogue not only to showcase the students work, but to act as a resource pack for teachers and trainee teachers. This will contain essays, prints, and templates on how to queer the classroom.

Finally, we are working with a team of graphic designers and illustrators to create accessible ways to hear about our project. From this, we have decided to make an animation with the students to inform the public at the exhibition, and online, about what the 'Queering the Art Classroom' project has entailed. All donations made will go towards making sketches a finished project that is vital to our cause.

Risks and challenges

Before deciding to launch this page we carefully assessed any risks and challenges we may face throughout this project.

Your pledges and donations go directly to producing this exhibition.

TIME

We have already produced the contents for the catalogue, curated the exhibition, and are in the stages of producing our animation. We are installing the exhibition at the end of June.

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