Dr Bev Orton is leading an exploration of how participatory theatre and events – organised with and by sex workers, mainly women – can challenge the constraints of a criminal justice system that enables police brutality and sexual violence and raise aspirations and self-confidence of who undertake sex work in order to sustain themselves and others.
Dr Orton is delivering this research through her role as consultant on the GlobalGrace project; which is led by Goldsmiths, University of London and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Global Challenges Research Fund.
GlobalGrace investigates the development, welfare and wellbeing of people in lower-income countries who are marginalised by a range of intersecting gender inequalities. Through arts-based events and exhibitions, the project visibly embodies the experiences of those intersecting forms of inequality and their impact on people's wellbeing.
The project demonstrates how situations of marginality may create possibilities for challenging social divisions and producing new cultures of equality.