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Bonington Gallery announces new events in their Formations programme

Explore the theme of DNA through a series of free, online public events in March and April, part of the year-long Formations programme from Bonington Gallery and the Postcolonial Studies Centre at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). Join a variety of conversations, readings and workshops in response to Black History Month, the Black Lives Matter movement and the Decolonisation agenda.

Nursing school in Ayos, established by Eugène Jamot in Cameroon in 1926.
Nursing school in Ayos, established by Eugène Jamot in Cameroon in 1926.
Copyright Institut Pasteur.

This March and April, the Formations programme invites you to explore the theme of DNA. Unequal medical practices have caused controversy throughout global history, while at present COVID-19 illness and deaths continue to adversely affect non-white and non-wealthy populations.

The programme’s upcoming events will focus on identity, care, inequality, disease and vaccination. Further details on each online event and how you can get involved are listed below.

Conversation: Colonialism, Contagion and the Race to Vaccinate
Thursday 18 March 2021, 5–6 pm

Sophie Fuggle (NTU) and Aro Velmet (University of Southern California) discuss the impact of disease and vaccination in early twentieth century French colonies. This talk will explore how bacteriological science shaped global politics. Find out more and book your free place here.

Formations at Nottingham Creative Writing Hub
Okechukwu Nzelu reading with Panya Banjoko and Lauren Morey
Wednesday 24 March 2021, 7–8.30 pm

Okechukwu Nzelu, recipient of the New Writing North Award in 2015, will read from his critically acclaimed debut novel The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney. There will be an opportunity to ask Okey questions in a Q&A session. Okey will be supported by Nottingham poet Panya Banjoko. Find out more and book your free place here.

Hero’s Journey Creative Writing Workshop with Eve Makis and Anthony Cropper
Wednesday 31 March 2021, 6.30–8.30 pm
Wednesday 21 April 2021, 6.30–8.30 pm

Please note that both these events are sold out. Email boningtongallery@ntu.ac.uk to be added to the waiting lists.

Learn how to use life experiences to inform your work and characterisation in this creative writing workshop run by Postcolonial Studies Centre writer-in-residence Eve Makis and scriptwriter Anthony Cropper, which examines the storytelling model ‘The Hero’s Journey’ and how to use it effectively. Participants will have the opportunity to feature on a spoken word album. All writing abilities are welcome! Find out more and book your free place here.

Conversation: Behind the Line – KARVAN meets Kwanzaa Collective UK to talk about CARE
Wednesday 28 April 2021, 5–7 pm

Who is caring for the carers? With over 60% of COVID-related deaths on the frontline from ethnic minority backgrounds, Kwanzaa Collective UK worked with Black frontline workers to make their experiences heard through spoken word poetry and intimate portraits. Find out more and book your free place here.

Bonington Gallery announces new events in their Formations programme

Published on 17 March 2021
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