The Museum of Drug Policy

In Collaboration with

Date

3 - 5 November 2017

Where

47/49 Tanner Street

How Much

Free exhibition 1 ticketed performance - Tickets online soon

Category
Upcoming

Ugly Duck is proud to receive The Museum of Drug Policy as part of their Global Tour

The Museum of Drug Policy is a pop-up arts and cultural hub featuring live programming and art from around the world, highlighting how drug policies impact and shape our communities. The Museum will make its third stop on its global tour at Ugly Duck for three days in early November.The Museum provides a powerful, emotional experience that illustrates the harms caused by drug prohibition, and advocates for new approaches rooted in dignity, health, and human rights. It will transport audiences across the globe, pushing visitors to think and act outside the box through interactive installations, powerful documentary photos, multimedia displays, and more.

Release, the UK’s centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law, will be hosting the Museum as part of our 50th anniversary celebration. We have been providing free non-judgmental, specialist advice and information to the public and professionals on issues related to drug use and drug laws since 1967. We will also be celebrating Release’s own work and history alongside the Museum.

Alongside the exhibition, panels and interactive workshops themed under three overarching categories will take place:

– Gender, sexuality, and criminalisation: this will address specific issues faced by women, LGBTI communities, and sex workers.

– Policing poverty: addressing the policing of drugs as a form of social control, the racial disparity that exists in stop and search, and the sentencing of drug offences – with a focus on poverty as a driver of surveillance by the State.

– Creative activism: how do we use art and creativity to push for social change? Release will be hosting film screenings in the space, and the Sex Workers Opera will perform live at the venue on the evening of 3rd November.

 

PROGRAM

You can start planning your visit by reading up on some of the workshops and panels below. Most artwork and exhibits can be accessed while the below events take place.

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 3

10AM – 12PM: Y-STOP Sessions

In partnership with StopWatch, Release will run Y-Stop training sessions to teach young people how to apply a harm reduction approach during a stop and search interaction, through group discussion, film and role play. The session is suitable for 11–25 year olds. To attend a session please email amal@release.org.uk in advance.

 

12PM: Project Mission Gallery – “The Check-In”

‘The Check-In’ is a conversation series held by Project Mission Gallery as a part of their interdisciplinary programming. This event centres WoC, QTIPoC, and Non-Binary people, with the goal of building community and providing the opportunity to share in collective discussion space in response to themes of drugs, policing, racism, ageism, sexism, gentrification or otherwise.

1PM: Stop and Search (with Carson Arthur and Zoe Carre)

This session will explore the issue of policing, in particular drugs policing, and how it impacts on people of colour and young people. With drug stop and searches accounting for 59% of all stop and searches nationally, discussion will focus on the effectiveness of stop and search and what real reform looks like. The panel will also consider the recent calls for increased stop and search in light of an increase in knife crime.

2PM: Whose Human Rights? (with Kojo Koram, School of Law, University of Essex; Naomi Burke-Shyne, Harm Reduction International; Luciana Pol, Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales, Argentina (CELS); chaired by Rick Lines, Harm Reduction International)

The negative human rights impacts of the war on drugs is an increasingly important part of the drug reform debate. This session will bring together key leading advocates and researchers to reflect on the current global challenges and opportunities.

3PM: Reimagining Sex Work (chaired by Kirstie Douse)

Bringing together some of the leading sex workers rights organisations, this panel will explore decriminalisation of all sex work activities and discuss what the future of sex work should look like.

4PM: Support, Don’t Punish: Local Actions: Global Voice

Support Don’t Punish is a global campaign to end the “war on drugs”. Around 26th June, activists gathered in events across 206 cities to support harm reduction and drug policy reforms. This workshop will present the highlights from the campaign, and demonstrate how to take part in 2018 and beyond.

5PM: Drug Policy & Policing Poverty: Harms and solutions (with Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch, OSF; Steve Rolles, Transform; Niamh Eastwood, Release; Marie Nougier, IDPC; chaired by Noah Stone)

A Q&A session chaired by Noah Stone, entrepreneur and judge of Shark Tank, with a panel of drug policy experts looking at the harms of prohibition, the evidence for alternative approaches and how drug policy is ultimately a tool of social control.

6PM: Drugs In Clubs: High Time For Reform? (with Fiona Measham, The Loop; Jordan Gross, Oval Space; Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Hanstock; chaired by B.Traits, BBC Radio 1 / DJ)

East London venue Oval Space host this future facing discussion looking at harm reduction within the nightlife industry. The panel will look at current legislation and the problems surrounding it; where drug policy in clubs is headed; how we can influence politicians and the police to create a framework that is more compatible with harm reduction, and creative solutions we can deploy in the meantime.

7PM – 10PM: Sex Worker’s Opera

Originally devised in 2014, the award-winning Sex Worker’s Opera will tour the UK for the first time this autumn following a multitude of sell-out performances around the UK, Ireland and Greece. Comprised of 50% Sex Workers, this provocative show gives platform for sex workers – tired of being spoken for – to finally tell their own stories on their own terms. Smashing together genres, Sex Worker’s Opera collides opera with hip-hop and incorporates sound art, projections and poetry to showcase an unflinchingly honest and upliftingly human insight into the lives of Sex Workers around the world.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4

 

10AM – 12PM: Y-STOP Sessions

In partnership with StopWatch, Release will run Y-Stop training sessions to teach young people how to apply a harm reduction approach during a stop and search interaction, through group discussion, film and role play. The session is suitable for 11–25 year olds. To attend a session please email amal@release.org.uk in advance.

12PM: Project Mission Gallery – “The Check-In”

‘The Check-In’ is a conversation series held by Project Mission Gallery as a part of their interdisciplinary programming. This event centres WoC, QTIPoC, and Non-Binary people, with the goal of building community and providing the opportunity to share in collective discussion space in response to themes of drugs, policing, racism, ageism, sexism, gentrification or otherwise.

12PM: Training Today’s Youth for a Better Tomorrow (with Niamh Eastwood, Kirstie Douse, Daniel Williams, Zoe Carre)

In partnership with Students for Sensible Drug Policy UK (SSDP UK), Release will be delivering training sessions to current and aspiring young drug policy activists. The training sessions will introduce students to the following topics: ‘UK Drug Policies and the Law’, ‘University (Zero Tolerance) Drug Policies’, ‘Harm Reduction 101’, and ‘Communicating with Press and Media’.  The session is open to students in higher education in the UK.

4PM: Criminalisation & Prison Industrial Complex (with KUCHENGA)

KUCHENGA is a black trans feminist who publishes online journalism at Wear Your Voice and gal-dem magazines while working with Black Lives Matter UK, and Bent Bars, a letter-writing project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, gender-variant, intersex, and queer prisoners in Britain.

5PM: Safe Abortion Now (with Jade Jackman)

Jade Jackman is a filmmaker who likes to take a creative approach to contemporary political issues. Her interests are in women’s rights, the state the criminal justice system… but she’d really like to be making films about small dogs. She is also the co-founder of Eye Want Change.

6PM: Creative Activism (with the Soze Agency)

Artists have always played important roles in creating culture. And if we shift culture, we can shift policy. The Soze Agency will join in conversation with artists featured in the Museum of Drug Policy and their work both as visionaries and strategists.

7PM – 10PM: Film Screening of the 13th

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans and examining the racialised nature of the War on Drugs.

 

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5

1PM: The Collective Liberation Project

The Collective Liberation Project creates positive change by teaching people about oppression, racism and sexism, and how to dismantle it within themselves and their communities. In this workshop, participants will explore their relationship to power, privilege and learn about how racism functions in the UK.

1PM: Counter Culture & New Media (with Duncan Cambell; JS Rafaeli)

Duncan Campbell, the Guardian’s former crime correspondent, in conversation with JS Rafaeli, author and journalist. JS will be talking to Duncan about the ways that the media has reported on drugs – and how organisations like Release have helped to bring reality to the debate.

2PM: Chem Sex

Details TBC

3PM: Women & Drugs (with Camille Barton, Erin O’Mara, Jennifer Fleetwood)

Women are often forgotten in the debate on drug policy and yet are at the forefront of some of the most egregious harms. From high rates of imprisonment, specific barriers to treatment and concerns regarding child custody, this discussion will aim to shine a light on these issues and ask what can be done to elevate the voice of women and their experiences.

4PM: Looking 50 years ahead

Details TBC