This discussion group has been developed by the union’s Intersectional Sub-group out of a desire to create a space to discuss equalities issues specifically in relation to our own working practices as artists and members of the union. Each session we will look at material together - texts, films, podcasts etc, as a way of opening up conversation about how we can question, challenge and shift our working practices to adopt more inclusive approaches. The group is for all our members, and will take place bi monthly and material for the sessions will be selected together by the group.
Past events include:
15th June 2021 - In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, June’s Intersect discussion event focussed on Vivek Shraya’s uplifting lecture/art video 'Next Time There’s a Pandemic'. This lecture/art video is preceded by a delightful Q&A discussion with Vivek Shraya and J.R. Carpenter (artist and writer). Here is the link to watch the video before you join the discussion. N.B. there is a long introduction, because this video was first presented as the 2021 Kreisel Lecture at the University of Alberta, so skip forward because the pre-video Q&A with J.R. Carpenter starts at 6 mins in.
August 2021 - coming soon ...
The union has established an Intersectional Sub-group made up of staff, members and Executive Committee members. The group is working together on an Intersectional Inclusion Strategy which is steered and overseen the subgroup. The group will work on collating information, resources and support as well as identifying training for members and executive members in racial discrimination, bias and privilege in order to adopt a union- wide, intersectional approach to solidarity.
If you'd like to find out more about our next meeting then email [email protected]