Forthcoming Events

Keep track of our national and international film screenings by checking this dedicated page, which will be updated regularly.

Previous Events

Whose Body, Whose Space? – Film Screening and Discussion

Monday 6th November 2017, 6pm – 7.45pm
The Workstation, Paternoster Row, Sheffield
Free to attend and all welcome (but please register here)

Facebook event here

This film screening and discussion explored the experiences of queer, transgender, and disabled people living in a society which hasn’t been built for their ease, comfort and safety. We showed a series of lively short films, including an exclusive Sheffield premiere of The Toilet., an animated film produced as part of the Around the Toilet project.

This event was part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, which took place across the UK from 4-11 November 2017. More information is available here.

Re-Imagining Toilets: Adventures into the Design of the Public Loo

Friday 27th November 2016

We held the final event of the Around the Toilet project, Re-Imagining Toilets: Adventures into the Design of the Public Loo, at Z-arts in Manchester. The event was free to attend and included talks, discussion, craft activities, an interactive toilet installation, an evening performance from Queer of the Unknown, and a light vegetarian evening meal. Further details on the event and information on registration and access can be found here.

Live Projects – Around the Toilet Presentation

Friday 6th November 2016

Master’s students at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, presented the results of their Live Projects for the public. The was the first viewing of the results of the Around the Toilet student project.

Making/Creating Workshop

Tuesday 11th August 2015

Facilitated by Nicky, an artist from The Bower Wirks, this free workshop explored toilet politics whilst getting creative with art materials. Participants made their own props and exhibits to use in toilet activism or to take home and put up on the wall. We created our own toilet seats, cardboard cubicles and lots of props to explore feelings of awkwardness and comfort when accessing and using public loos. This will start us on a journey of re-imagining the toilet and ultimately exploring how toilets can make our lives happier.

For further details about the workshop contact Lisa Procter (, or for more information about the project more generally, please contact Jenny Slater (

Performance Workshop

Saturday 18th July 2015

This free workshop, led by Queer of the Unknown, was an informal investigation of toilets – our thoughts, ideas and experiences – through the medium of performance.

Toilet Talks: a speaker event on bodies, identities & design

Monday 29th June 2015

To celebrate the launch of the ‘Around the Toilet’ project we held our first public event in Manchester: a half-day speaker event featuring key figures in the field of toilet research, as well as an exciting range of cross-disciplinary voices on the history, design and role of public toilets.

The event was free and open to all members of the public. This page tells you more about the location and accessibility.

Speakers addressed questions, such as:

– What makes an accessible toilet?
– What can toilets tell us about social constructions of gender identity and disability?
– How have designers approached this most private of public spaces?
– What do the hidden histories of toilets in the city reveal?

List of speakers

– Jo-Anne Bichard (Royal College of Art), ‘Extending Architectural Affordance or How to Spend a Penny’
– Leo Care (University of Sheffield), ‘Around the Toilet: From Social Mess to Architectural Touchstone’
– Barbara Penner (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), ‘Redesigning for the User: Alexander Kira and the Ergonomic Bathroom’
– Morag Rose (University of Sheffield and co-founder of the Loiterers Resistance Movement), ‘Are You Engaged? The Secret World of Manchester’s Toilets’
– Clara Greed (Emerita Professor, University of Bristol), Closing Remarks and Discussant

You can download the full abstracts by clicking here: Speaker event abstracts.

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