Menstruation Research at Liverpool Light Night

On Friday 17th May, menstrual research, art and activism were brought to Liverpool’s regular late-night arts festival, Light Night. Curated by Bee Hughes in collaboration with Dr Kay Standing and Dr Sara Parker, the Blood Rituals event shared a range of research and expertise from the UK and Nepal including Kay and Sara’s British Academy funded Dignity Without Danger project. The researchers were also joined the volunteers from Period Project Merseyside who led a craft event where visitors to the exhibition added their work to an ongoing collaborative artwork. The exhibition featured artworks from Bee Hughes, archival materials from the Femorabilia Collection at LJMU Special Collections and Archives, alongside Poloumi Basu’s VR artwork, A Ritual of Exile, which immerses the viewer in different women’s experiences of menstruation in Nepal.

Visitors at Light Night

Visitors at Light Night

Completing set-up at Light Night

Completing set-up at Light Night

Bee Hughes & Kay Standing Receive LJMU SU Award

Network founding members Bee Hughes and Dr Kay Standing, along with their colleague Dr Sara Parker, were jointly awarded the President Award at the 2018 LJMU SU Amazing Teaching Award. They received the award from 2018/19 LJMU Student’s Union President, Angelina Cliff, in recognition of their contribution to research on menstruation, activism, and their support of the SU’s campaign for free menstrual products on campus.

L-R: Dr Sara Parker, Dr Kay Standing, Bee Hughes

L-R: Dr Sara Parker, Dr Kay Standing, Bee Hughes