Speakers spotlight: Melany Rose and Chloe Cooper

LGBT Project with Achland Burghley School

“Inspired by the British museum publication ‘A Little Gay History’ a pilot project for secondary schools exploring issues around sexual and relationship education was developed. The project designed to run over LGBT History month worked with artist educator Chloe Cooper, a Camden secondary school and Brook health and well-being charity. The project aimed to explore contemporary issues of gender identity, sexuality and well-being through workshops. Hardly any museums teach SRE as part of their secondary offer; but teaching SRE is vital – done well, it is enriching and enjoyable for teachers and pupils alike. It also helps schools fulfil their duties to protect, safeguard and promote the wellbeing of their pupils.

The sessions used historical artefacts from the museum collection to create a stimulating and informative cross-curricular two day workshop to generate critical thinking and discussion. The project aimed to support the school to develop and explore sexual orientation and homophobia.”

Melany Rose (Education Manager: Schools and Young Audiences at the British Museum)

Melany Rose works at the British Museum curating, developing and managing the offer for schools, families and teachers. She works primarily on the Secondary schools programme but also works across other departments. She has an MA in Museums and Galleries in Education from the UCL Institute of Education and  a BA in Communication, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design. She has worked within learning teams in organisations such as: The Foundling Museum, The Florence Nightingale Museum, Bow Arts, Chisenhale Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Tate, ICA, South London Gallery and also works as a freelance artist educator working on creative learning projects.

Chloe Cooper (Artist and educator)

Chloe Cooper is passionate about engaging with audiences and objects to challenge the representation of sex and gender identities within museums and galleries. She co-runs a sex education research project called Bedfellows with artists Phoebe Davies and Jenny Moore that questions whether, as artists trained in visual literacy, we are able to deconstruct the dominant sexist, racist, classist, disablist, heteronormative tropes of our image-heavy sexual landscape.

Chloe currently works on education programmes at the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Royal Courts of Justice, Whitechapel Gallery and Serpentine Gallery. Bedfellows is currently in residence at Tate Modern for the Schools and Teachers Tate Exchange programme.

Chloe’s website: www.chloecooper.co.uk

Melany and Chloe will be speaking on day 3 of the conference

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