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Celebrating Inspiration & Change!

Spring has arrived and it's put a bounce in our step with a new season of thought-provoking and inspiring events to coincide and celebrate International Women's Day on 8 March.  So take a look at what's on in London's home of science, arts and inspiration.

A day in the life of… a found object sculptor
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Friday 12 March Online 12:00-12:45pm
Clare Burnett is an internationally acclaimed found object artist whose work often starts with a love of scavenging from her urban surroundings to find those everyday items that speak of our time and the society we live in.
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Institut français
Monday 8 March 2021 Online
Adapted from Pénélope Bagieu’s eponymous graphic series and narrated by actress Cécile de France, the animation short films Culottées portray bold women who won over prejudice and broke barriers. On International Women’s Day, the Institut français presents five episodes followed by short interviews with filmmakers Mai Nguyen and Charlotte Cambon.
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V&A Online: Katerina Jebb in Conversation
Monday 8 March 2021 Online 4pm
Explore the career and inspiration of artist and photographer, Katerina Jebb, whose images are celebrated for their strange and arresting qualities. Her experimental approach to photography, sees her capture her subjects and objects with the use of a digital scanner.
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Inspired by Islamic Art
Leighton House Museum
Led by contemporary artists Laurelie Rae and Ayesha Gamiet, this online course will teach students how to analyse, draw and paint motifs and patterns, exploring different techniques and colour palettes. Each session takes inspiration from the beautiful examples of Islamic Art found in Leighton House.
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Science Museum Lates... At Home
Science Museum
Mon 15 - Fri 19 March Online
Even though the Science Museum's doors are currently closed, it doesn't mean they can't help you have a great night in. This month they're focusing on the materials of the modern world, and in particular concrete. Dating back to 6500 BCE, it was used by the Romans until the fall of the Empire, and in its present state, is now saving the corals of the world.
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Women@Imperial changing our world
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Mon 8 - Fri 12 March 2021 Times vary
Meet some of the women changing our world with the Great Exhibition Road Festival. To mark International Women’s Day in March, join the Festival for a celebration of inspiring women in science and the arts. Put your questions to the women shaping the future of South Kensington, enjoy family fun at Arty Party and hear a discussion with Clare Burnett, the internationally acclaimed found object artist.
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Designing Sisterhood
Design Museum Kensington
Sunday 7 March 2021 Online 2pm - 6:15pm
In celebration of International Women’s Day, join leading thinkers and practitioners as they explore how collaborative practice could create a more inclusive future for architecture.
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Imperial Lates Online: The Sun
Imperial College London
Mon 15 - Fri 19 March Online Time Vary
Celebrate the Sun and its life-giving energy with a week of after-hours events. Meet the first stars in the early Universe, take a trip around our own Sun with the Solar Orbiter mission and discover the impact that sunlight has on our health and wellbeing.
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The Guilty Feminist
Science Museum
Thursday 4 March 2021 Online 7:30-9pm
Open Talk is a new series of free, online events featuring a global line-up of speakers including this week's The Guilty Feminist’s Deborah Frances-White, science writer Angela Saini, former Chief Medical Officer for England Dame Sally Davies, The Gadget Show’s Ortis Deley and Christian Aid CEO Amanda Khozi Mukwashi.
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Rainbow Museum: celebrating our LGBTQ+ staff
Natural History Museum
The Museum employs hundreds of staff, from curators and scientists to graphic designers and project managers, all of whom contribute to the smooth running of the place. Here, some of the Museum's LGBTQ+ staff share in their own words their stories of how they came to be at the Museum, as well as the importance of diversity in STEM and museums.
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Image credit: Copyright image: © Great Big Story  
Online Citizens' Assembly - SoliDialogues
Fri 19 - Sat 20 March Online
Online Citizens' Assembly - SoliDialogues Solidarity instead of populism? SoliDialogues is a Europe-wide online citizens' assembly. We invite you to join the dialogue on solidarity and new forms of togetherness – in times of increasing isolation and contact restrictions. Participants will be matched in clusters of up to six individuals, from diverse backgrounds and with different opinions.
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Gainsbourg by Gainsbourg: An Intimate Self-Portrait
Institut français
Saturday 6 March Online 6pm
Using an impressive array of songs, clips from home-movies, photographs intertwined with a fascinating montage of TV and radio interviews, this original and moving portrait gave Gainsbourg the opportunity to recount his life.
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Pioneering Women Conference
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Wednesday 10 March Time TBC
As part of Women's History Month, join keynote speaker Prof. Pauline Rose, author and specialist in British sculptor, to discuss and explore how female sculptors trained, practised and forged careers within the typically male field of sculpture.
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  And from our friends  
Poplarism Festival Open Call
Finborough Theatre
Submissions by 15 March 2021 Online
The Finborough Theatre is inviting everyone who lives and/or works in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to submit a proposal outlining their creative response to the Poplar Rates Rebellion of 1921. This is an open call out to celebrate and showcase the creativity of our community. Submissions can be in ANY FORM that can be presented online - music, dance, a performance, drawing, poem, talk, zine etc.
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From great exhibitions to debates with experts, and fun activities to try at home, there’s so much more to discover here.
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