Women in the city
August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Female perspectives on the making and remaking of the urban environment.
About this event
Join this panel discussion about the experiences of women navigating and living in the city. When cities are planned, safe environments for women are not being considered and inadvertently public spaces are created that are unsafe. With this event we want to investigate how a more inclusive approach to creating city spaces can be found and how we could make that happen.
Planning, or lack of it, impacts on urban spaces. We will explore whether female artistic responses to living, working and being in the city are uniquely different and how women who have found refuge in the city experience the city.
The event will be at the exhibition “Found Cities, Lost Objects: Women in the City” curated by Lubaina Himid and there will be time to view and reflect on the work on display.
Join us for an evening of debate and exchange of thought on the female experience of the urban environment. Host for the evening will be Danni Ebanks-Ingram who will joined by panellists Deborah Broomfield, Katy Hawkins and Anna Fawcett.
This event is part of the Birmingham Civic Society’s Heritage Trails project generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the WA Cadbury Charitable Trust. This event is delivered in partnership with Iris Bertz Associates and Birmingham Museums Trust.
Bring a friend and come together; entry for two £15
Birmingham Civic Society members £5
Booking fee applies
The discussion will take place in the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
This is an evening event, and the main museum entrance to the Museum will be closed. The entrance to the Gas Hall is adjacent to the Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery lift entrance on Edmund Street and is just around the corner of the main museum entrance on Chamberlain Square.
Deborah Broomfield is a part-time doctoral student at Leeds Beckett University in Women in Planning. Her thesis will examine austerity in spatial planning and the disproportionate impact on women and marginalised communities. Deborah will also examine how community movements are responding to the disproportionality. She will be approaching her thesis using feminist research methods.
A former public sector worker, Deborah is a trained community researcher, who has worked on Shared Assets and The New Economics Foundation sponsored research. She is now an Associate Lecturer at UWE Bristol supporting urban planning masters students and has delivered lectures in urbanism at Leeds Beckett University.
Katy Hawkins is an Artist and Arts Producer who works on projects around exploring and supporting connection to place and nature for wellbeing – currently she does this through a role with Warwickshire County Council and in an independent arts practice. Katy has a background in Visual Cultures and Interdisciplinary Urban Design and has previously worked in local governance, community-led greening projects and placemaking.
She is interested in participatory placemaking processes, sustainable transport and trees. New to Birmingham, her work has mostly taken place in Peterborough and South London.
Anna Fawcett is a Marketing and Communications professional and feminist who has a keen interest in the experiences of women in Birmingham both past and present. After 9 years working at Winterbourne House and Garden, the former home of industrialist and town planner John Sutton Nettlefold, she has worked at Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid since 2019.
Danni Ebanks-Ingram (host) has a multidisciplinary practice consisting of performance art, participatory futures, curation and producing while also touching intersections of queerness and blackness. Throughout Danni’s work there is a clear connection to understanding and exploring aspects that underpin our society such as: economics, socio-political and environmental elements of life.
Currently Danni is a Co-founder & the Creative Engagement at CIVIC SQUARE: a public square, neighbourhood lab, and creative + participatory platform focused on regenerative civic and social infrastructure within neighbourhoods. CIVIC SQUARE works alongside the local neighbourhood, to offer a bold approach to visioning, building and investing in civic infrastructure for neighbourhoods of the future.