Talks and Workshops – Sparkle @ The Mechanics Institute: 10am – 4.30pm

The venue this year is The Mechanics Institute, 103 Princess Street, M1 6DD. Which is easily accessible just behind New York, New York and AXM Bar – just two minutes walk from Canal Street

As in previous years we have invited a number of speakers each to give a talk and answer questions in sessions lasting about an hour each. They are all experts in their respective fields and are ready to share knowledge and experience which will be of interest to many. There is also an art display and your chance to help create an artwork for auction!

Directions To the Mechanic’s Institute:

From Sackville Gardens walk along Canal Street, past “Villaggio” and turning right at “Spirit” into Abingdon Street. Continue straight on crossing Richmond Street, Bloom Street and Hart Street. The entrance to the Mechanic’s Institute is in Major Street, opposite the entrance to Cruz 101.
The route from Sackville Gardens will be signed on the day.

There is good disabled access and a lift and stairs to the second floor. The bar will be open at lunchtime and will stay open “as long as it is being used”. No food is available in the Mechanic’s Institute but visitors are welcome to bring sandwiches (no hot food please) and please take away any rubbish with you.

The days events at the Mechanic’s Institute have largely been funded by a grant from the Manchester Pride Community Fund 2009.

10.30am to 11.30am – Professor Stephen Whittle OBE, Press For Change

12.00pm to 1.00pm – Vicky Lee, Wayout Club
Feminism, Its Relationship To Transgender And What Happened To It

2.00pm to 3.00pm – Natacha Kennedy
Transgender Children: Extreme Social Exclusion

3.30pm to 4.30pm – Denise Anderson
Domestic Abuse and Trans People

Lee Middlehurst in The Dean Room 10.00am – 4.30pm

For Sparkle, Lee, as well as displaying previous work, will be inviting visitors to help create a new work – A picture of Audrey Hepburn – by adding their own CD/DVD fragment to the picture. This will be completed on the day and kindly donated by Lee and auctioned at the Sparkle Ball on Saturday night for Sparkle funds.

Full information is here:

http://www.sparkle.org.uk/events.html

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