Virgin Territory and Shut Down Workshops
‘It opened my mind to both sides of the situation and made me really think about the sexualisation of both boys and girls’ Participant, Brighton
VDT are delivering VIRGIN TERRITORY and SHUT DOWN WORKSHOPS with young people (14+) and adults to investigate the challenges that young people face.
VIRGIN TERRITORY WORKSHOPS take place in a ‘staged space’ with participants responding to a series of craft based tasks and filmed sequences of the live work. The workshops are a space to express opinions, learn something new and be creative and can be adapted to suit the needs of different groups.
SHUT DOWN WORKSHOPS explore masculinity, and the pressures, contradictions and confusions of being a man today. Workshops offer a space to create visual and/or spoken word responses to SHUT DOWN installation. You can read more about these sessions via the below PDF:
Participants can also contribute to VDT’s digital campaign for change that runs alongside workshops. The campaign invites people to at write and share one positive practical action anyone can do to combat the pressures of everyday sexism and online culture. You can see the hundreds of contributions so far by searching #VDTEverydayAction.
If you are interested in booking VIRGIN TERRITORY or SHUT DOWN WORKSHOPS for your school or community group, please contact email@example.com
VIRGIN TERRITORY RESEARCH LINKS
Charlotte’s Research Pin Board
Sophie Bissonnette’s Documentary (! WARNING – This film deals with mature subject matter)
Everyday Sexism Project
Women Not Objects Campaign
NSPCC PANTS Rule, Keeping Children Safe
14-year-old Kayley Dixon reads powerful and disturbing poem “A Touch of Sexual Assault”
SAFEGUARDING POLICY, CHILD PROTECTION & DISCLOSURES
VDT’s WORKSHOPS are facilitated by an experienced team, with clear guidelines to support personal disclosures who create a safe space framed by a rigorous safeguarding policy, where participants can share dialogue and creative exchange. All VDT facilitators hold Enhanced DBS Certificates and include a Licensed Chaperone.