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Call for Contributors: MenstrUAL Festival 2020

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Post-Grad Community
Published date
10 December 2019
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We’re looking for postgraduate students whose work explores, promotes or celebrates menstruation or gynecological health to get involved in The MenstrUAL Festival, a 2-day celebration of menstruation being held at both LCF and CSM but open to all UAL students and staff.


UAL Post-Grad Community and Arts SU are working together in bringing you UAL's first MenstrUAL Festival which will take place on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 March 2020 and will provide a safe space to tackle the stigma surrounding menstrual health and period poverty.  The festival's programme aims to bring together artists, campaigners and academics to discuss these issues on both a university-wide and global scale, while also taking the opportunity to celebrate all things menstrual. In short... we’re gonna have a bloody good time!

We’re looking for:

  • PhD/MPhil/MA/MRes/MBA/PG Dip students to deliver talks or workshops based around their own practice – all disciplines welcome
  • Journalism students who are tackling the topic to speak about their research
  • Ideas for film or documentary screenings
  • Facilities/service design students – contribute your skills to tackle practical problems with collecting and disseminating sanitary products - think community cupboard and consider UAL's gender neutral toilet spaces
  • Participants for a Think Tank discussing period poverty and access at UAL – more info below
  • Students to become part of the management team for the festival – pitch ideas, organise events and lead activities
  • Facilitators for workshops – take the lead or simply provide a pair of helping hands
  • Students to help document the events – photographers, film makers, and anyone savvy with social media
  • Event evaluators – give your feedback, write reviews and help make next year’s festival even better
  • And anyone else who wants to get involved!

Deadline for expressing interest: 4 January 2020

Think Tank

The MenstrUAL Festival aims to raise awareness of period poverty and provide practical solutions for addressing the problem within our own student body. Access to sanitary products, safe, hygienic spaces in which to use them, and the right to manage menstruation without shame or stigma, is essential for anyone who menstruates. Therefore, Arts SU will also be holding a Think Tank to discuss how UAL can support its students better in the future. If you would like to be a part of this, please let us know. We are particularly encouraging trans, non-binary and disabled students to also join this discussion.

Please send your expression of interest, along with relevant information and links about your work to pgcommunity@arts.ac.uk