Published on 23/11/2021
Art, Abortion And Anti-Choice Protestors
  • The discussion on abortion will be hosted by Northern Irish group Alliance for Choice and Array Collective, with Dr Pam Lowe and artist Nichola Irvine
  • Dr Pam Lowe is a senior lecturer in sociology and policy at Aston University
  • She has been researching and publishing in the areas of reproductive and sexual health for over twenty years

An Aston University senior lecturer and expert in reproductive and sexual health is set to speak at an event hosted by Turner Prize-nominated group, Array Collective, this week.

The discussion on abortion will be hosted on 25 November by the Northern Ireland group Alliance for Choice and Array Collective, with Dr Pam Lowe speaking about her work in the area.

Dr Lowe has been researching and publishing in the areas of reproductive and sexual health for over twenty years. She is currently engaged in a longitudinal ethnographic study of abortion debates in public spaces which has examined the street-based activities of anti-abortion activists and organisations and pro-choice counterdemonstrations across the UK.

Array Collective is a group of Belfast-based artists who create collaborative actions in response to issues affecting Northern Ireland and is one of only five artist collectives that have been shortlisted for the prestigious Turner Prize 2021.

Their work includes public artworks in support of the decriminalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland.

The workshop will hear where Northern Ireland is now for abortion access two years after decriminalisation and what part creative strategies can play in the future.

Dr Pam Lowe, senior lecturer in sociology and policy at Aston University, said:

“I am looking forward to speaking at this event which will show the importance of art and images in public understanding of abortion.

“These are vital conversations, particularly at a time when despite a change in the law, abortion services are still not established in Northern Ireland, and anti-abortion activists are seeking to introduce abortion restrictions in the health and social care bill going through parliament.”

You can sign up to Art, Abortion And Anti-Choice Protestors (25 November 2021 11.00am – 3.00pm) HERE.

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Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world.

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