Jess Dobkin (Toronto)

Making Queer Time: Art & Activism, a workshop for Teens

Saturday 9 July 2022, 2.00pm5.00pm

PwC Room
Birmingham Hippodrome, United Kingdom
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Birmingham 2022 Festival Present

180 minutes



Image by Henry Chan

YOU’RE INVITED to Making Queer Time: Art and Activism participatory workshop for 2-Spirit and LGTBQIA+ teens (ages 13-17) with visiting Canadian performance artist Jess Dobkin. Together we will share stories, brainstorm ideas and ask questions as we collaboratively explore artmaking and social change. How do we use our creativity to bring voice, bear witness and imagine justice, equity and freedom for all? How do we connect individual struggles to oppressive systems? What does it mean to be queer as an identity and also in action? How do we tap into support, connection and resilience and bring compassion to ourselves and each other while working towards a just world?

This workshop will include joyous movement, creative writing, playful prompts, strategic proposals and an Anonymous Q and A. Hope you can join us!

Participation is free of charge and all materials will be provided. To book a place please email  Please reach out with any questions and/or specific access requests too!

Please arrive via the reception on Thorp Street rather than the main doors

This event is part of YOU’RE INVITED, a series of events by Jess Dobkin.

Jess Dobkin

Jess Dobkin is an internationally acclaimed artist. Her performance and curatorial projects are presented at museums, galleries, theatres, universities and in public spaces internationally. She was active in the downtown performance art scene in New York City before moving to Toronto in 2002. Recent projects include her 2017 Dora-nominated performance, The Magic Hour, which was developed through The Theatre Centre Residency program with support from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. She created The Artist-Run Newsstand (2015-2016), a one-year artist-run newsstand that operated in a vacant subway station newsstand kiosk. Her Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar (2006, 2012, 2016) continues to receive significant scholarly consideration and media attention. She was Guest Curator of MONOMYTHS at FADO Performance Art Centre (2016-2017), Guest Curator of Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH performing arts residency program (2011-2012) and a co-curator of the 7a-11d International Festival of Performance Art (2009-2012.) She has taught as a Sessional Lecturer at OCAD University, the University of Toronto and Sheridan College, and was a Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto. Her photographic images, created to accompany her performances, are also published and exhibited as stand-alone works. Her film and video works are distributed by Vtape.

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Saturday 9 July 2022


PwC Room, Birmingham Hippodrome