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Art Liberation Week: Defetishising BAME Bodies Through Life Drawing

September 10, 2022 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

This event is only for people of colour/ BAME people/ people of the global majority


About Kate McLaven (she/her)

Kate McLaven has a BA hons in Fine Art, with a specialist interest in drawing, activist art, community art and installation. Kate is a charity worker by day, but enjoys dismantling systeming oppression by night! She’s the Co-Coordinator of YARC (York Anti Racist Collective) and also helps to organise Camarados Public Living Rooms in York.


About Zara Sharif

Zara is a final year student at the University of York studying Education, and is passionate about racial justice, decolonisation and the intersection between race and gender.


About the Workshop

What is racial festishisation and why is it important for us to understand? In this workshop you’ll be exploring these questions, thinking about “BAME” bodies and how we’ve been socialised to view and interact with them.

After this discussion, you’ll be invited to participate in life drawing facilitated by Kate. We have a woman of colour model who will be posing nude for attendees to draw. Kate will support and guide you with different exercises to encapsulate the beauty of being “BAME”. Kate will encourage you to take an anti-perfectionist approach, meaning that the drawings do not need to be perfect, whatever you create is art and is worthy!


Art Liberation Week

Art Liberation Week aims to decolonise art and creative practice. In practice this means that whatever your experience, you can create art. We strongly encourage you to try as many of the workshops as you can, push yourself out of your comfort zone and our wonderful facilitators will guide and care for you during this process.

The week offers an opportunity for people of colour in York to connect and build a supportive community; a space where we can freely express ourselves and experience joy.



For the Week’s events we are operating on a sliding scale. Please use the Green Bottle Sliding Scale Analogy to determine which price option works for you.

Low Price: Free

Middle Price: £2.50

General Price: £5

To make a donation please follow this link:


This link leads to our transparent online bank account, giving you the option to donate £2.50, £5 or any other amount.

Any questions please email antiracistcollective@gmail.com or DM us on social media.


York Anti Racist Collective


Spark York CIC
17-21 Picadilly
York, YO1 9PB United Kingdom
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