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Get Up Stand Up!
Freelance Youth Engagement  
2014 - 2015

Get Up Stand Up! is a new multi media tour of the Galleries of Justice Museum exploring the themes of migration, oppression, international civil rights and the justice system.  Youth groups from across the city worked with artists, designers and musicians to develop, their own art work, spoken word and civil rights speeches which were featured in the tour. 

Participants were introduced and responded to, the history of the 50’s & 60’s Civil Rights Movement in America, focusing on the key figures of Martin Luther King Jnr and Malcolm X. They also explored the British justice system, including the case of Stephen Lawrence to raise awareness of racially motivated murder and discrimination, then and now. Groups were encouraged encourage to discuss what led to the UK 2011 summer riots and the legacy they created.

Get Up Stand Up! aimed to inspire a new generation to find their own innovative way of reacting to the subject matter, whilst creating a contemporary approach to museum interpretation.

In collaboration with New Art Exchange & NCCL at The Galleries of Justice Museum


Get Up Stand Up! – Debates 

New Art Exchange

May - June 2015

Curating/Chairing* a series of public debates and table discussions with community organisers, activists, artists and academics inspired by the project themes. Following a short presentation by guest speakers, who then chaired table discussions with the audience. Each table put together a list of final action points to encourage personal acts of social activism in response to the following topics.

Modern-Day Slavery: How to Make the Anti-slavery Past Usable

7th May 2015*

Panel: Kevin Bales (Walk Free), Zoe Trodd and Faith Gakanje The African Women’s Empowerment Forum *


Grassroots Activism: How to Make Black Lives Matter

4th June 2015*

Panel: Lisa Robinson Bright Ideas Nottingham, Peter Ling (C3R) and Cecile Wright (Labour Black Network)

Racial Equality and Antiracism: How to Rethink Identity and Belonging

9th July 2015

Panel: Jagdish Patel The Monitoring Group, Janna Graham, Lauri Johnson Boston College

Cultural Activism: How to Make Black Histories Visible

20th August 2015

Chair: Zoe Trodd (C3R) Panel: Artist & Curator Lubaina Himid (Institute for Black Atlantic Research), Celeste-Marie Bernier and Bo Olawoye Presentation “Radical engagement Projects and Approaches”

Black Men and Invisibility: How to rethink the criminal justice system

10th September 2015*

Panel: Dr Martin Glynn (Centre for Applied Criminology, Birmingham University), Dr Vivien Miller (C3R) and Harminder Singh (Warwick Business School/University of Warwick).

In collaboration with Professor Zoe Trodd and the Centre for Research in Race and Rights (C3R)

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