It was a success!
On Saturday, May 25th, 10 months after our pilot workshop, The Consent Workshop had its first art exhibition. A gathering of talented diaspora artists who explored the themes of rape culture, policing bodies and black identity in their work.
Facilitated by Mary Asekome of the Canadian Federation of Students and Funmi Taiwo of ThriveM, our art exhibition had an engaged audience of over 150 gathered and eager to learn about consent. The workshop included a host of activities and discussions that dissected rape culture, attitudes and body shaming. It was a perfect space for necessary learning. Included in the events of the day was a panelist consisting of sex educators and expert; Nadine Thornhill, Anne Thériault and Dr. Jess.
At the workshop, we also had a bystander training led by Mary, the representative of the Canadian Federation of Students. The Barbara Schlifer Clinic was also present highlighting their work and steps a victim can take after a sexual assault.
I and The Consent Workshop Toronto Chapter would like to extend our appreciation to every single person who attended the Art Exhibition. A special thank you to Severe Nature, who were instrumental in bringing a creative aesthetic to our workshop. The Severe Nature team has been supportive in the fight to create safe spaces for victims of sexual violence. We are extremely proud to be associated with creatives who care for the cause.
We must continue to push these conversations everywhere, and we look forward to seeing you at our next event.