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ABOUT THE GUIDE

Beckman Simnett Newsletter 3

Our overall programme offers a chance to to delve into how we create stereotypes around gender, and how these are continually reinforced: from the way we navigate the internet to the stories we continue to tell our children. Alongside this, our learning programme continues to experiment with the idea of the gallery as an expanded classroom.

We have designed this learning resource for educators and teachers who are bringing their students to visit FACT to enjoy and be inspired by the experience of an art centre, though it can be used independently from the exhibition as conversations and activities around gender narratives.

This resource includes conversations and hands on activities as ideas to stimulate young people’s learning process.

Download the Primary Teachers Guide and Secondary Teachers Guide below.

“THE WORLD IS NOT MADE UP OF OPPOSITES, OF MALE AND FEMALE, BLACK AND WHITE, GAY OR STRAIGHT. THAT MUCH SEEMS OBVIOUS. THEN IT’S ABOUT INVENTING A NEW LANGUAGE AND MAKING IT POWERFUL ENOUGH TO COMMUNICATE.”

- Marianna Simnett

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

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Opening our year-long discussions around issues of feminism and representation, our current exhibition, Ericka Beckman & Marianna Simnett, showcases two female artists whose works reach across more than forty years. Their work looks at some of the ways in which developments in technology, as well as contemporary conversations about gender, have changed our relationships with our bodies and identities, and with one another.

The show is a starting point to analyse female archetypes and their narratives, understanding how those narratives are now a key part of young people’s language.