Shape Your Culture is run by members of AnyBody, the UK chapter of local, global organisation Endangered Bodies. AnyBody was started by Susie Orbach as a blog on Body Image issues in 2002 and Endangered Bodies was convened at the Endangered Species series of Summits in 2011.
See www.endangeredbodies.org for information and latest news from all Endangered Bodies regions.
Alisa studied her first degree in Social Anthropology and Development Studies. This marked a beginning in her long term interest in Gender and Body Politics. She lives in London and has garnered invaluable experience through 4 years at senior level at The Associated Press. As Campaign Lead, Alisa conducts workshops & over sees the financial and budget integrity. She is currently reading Health Sciences & Social work with the Open University.
Amy is a writer/performer and doer of things about sustainable food and sustainable bodies. With a background in the environment sector, she works to support more positive relationships between people and food and people and their bodies. She has her finger in many pies and you might find her working with Meet and Two Veg, hosting spontaneous dinner parties in the streets to invite strangers to join her for tea or performing her own one woman show and monologues about food, fat and bodies in various places including Manchester, Shrewsbury and Stockholm. She also works with Health At Every Size UK, teaching this philosophy on health that embraces a more compassionate that thinks on a personal, peer, political and planet-based level and also makes jam.
Jo studied Visual Culture at the University of Brighton, focussing on feminist activism and the representation of the female body in art, film and the media. She is now a Freelance Graphic Designer + Illustrator, Community Art Project Facilitator, Campaigner and Literary Festival Director. Jo’s main focus is using creativity to encourage positive change within communities. In addition to Shape Your Culture current projects include web, design and creative work for clients and organisations including the University of Brighton, No More Page 3 and Abortion Rights UK; leading Art and Wellbeing sessions and Directing WORDfest Crawley.
Jo has been a member of AnyBody UK since 2011, she blogs, produces design work and co-ordinates the SYC website and the AnyBody UK and Shape Your Culture social media team (see below).
Stephanie was the principal designer for the 2011 Endangered Species Summit. She is passionate about seeing women reach their full potential. A University of the Arts London graduate, Stephanie is an Art Director who uses her creative talent to combat the current visual culture. Stephanie has been an influential youth speaker and mentor to young women in the community for over four years. Taking delight in combining her creative talent with real life experiences and issues, she continues to deliver workshops, talks, creative sessions and events to young people that inspire change.
Roanna Mitchell is a lecturer, performance-maker and movement director. Her research includes crises of the body in the acting profession, and interdisciplinary approaches to the performance of memory, including the memory of wine. Current movement direction includes the performance series Resting Place (with Dawn Cole & Platform-7) and performance installation Imagining O in India and the US (dir. Richard Schechner).
Roanna lectures at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Goldsmiths, and the University of Kent. She is co-founder of the artists’ collective Allied Productions, and artistic director for AnyBody UK, convened by Susie Orbach.
I’m Vicky, a 20 year old Photography student living and studying in Brighton. I got involved with SYC through an Art and Feminism class I attended at university. It really opened my eyes to the damage our visual culture causes, and SYC gave me the opportunity to try and change things. I’m a huge fan of combining art and activism, so you’ll usually find me taking photographs in the corner at our events. Otherwise I’m tweeting over at @shapeyrculture!
I’m Gabby an artist/designer/maker with over ten years’ experience working with young people in creative, formal and informal education settings, particularly within the Arts. I’m passionate about the therapeutic effects of life drawing, and I coordinate the under-18 clubs at The Prince’s Drawing School.
I have a BA in English Literature, History of Art and Fine Art Drawing from Newcastle University, and is currently studying for a postgraduate degree in Applied Imagination in the Creative Industries at Central St Martins, with a strong focus on feminism, beauty and the media. I also design and make handmade greetings cards, using only recycled or reclaimed materials wherever possible, and I am a practising artist.
As a child my mother told me that our fat knees were a curse. Part of our maternal lineage that we must always carry with shame. It was as if those dimply legs were akin to shouting out our inadequacies. She dieted repeatedly, I eventually developed an eating disorder. Starving myself was akin to keeping my head below the parapet, keeping myself quiet and out of range. 20 years on and I’ve recovered from the ED, and I’m less scared of my voice! I’m committed to taking to task the neoliberal capitalist hijacking of our bodies; asking why beauty even matters; and to do so in the context of creating space for people to SYC.
I’m Charlotte and currently studying Fine Art Photography in Brighton. I came to SYC through a feminism class at university where Jo gave a lecture. I definitely believe the media is to blame for so many body image problems. There needs to be a societal change in the way people feel about themselves which we hopefully are starting to tackle. Vicky and I run the SYC twitter, I am the one usually posting pictures of cats.