Liverpool School Of Art & Design: Equalise Nightlife: research/artist talk

Liverpool School Of Art & Design: Equalise Nightlife: research/artist talk

Liverpool School Of Art & Design: Equalise Nightlife: research/artist talk

Venue: John Lennon Art and Design Building
Date(s): 27.2.23 - 10.3.23
Time(s): 08:00 - 18:00

The Equalise Nightlife project is a programme of research, led by Dr Amanda Marie Atkinson*, with research support from Beth Meadows. It explored women and LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of alcohol and nightlife spaces such as bars and clubs. Taking an intersectional feminist perspective, it investigated how drinking and nightlife are experienced unequally and are influenced by alcohol brand and nightlife venue marketing. The exhibition presents a number of art works conceptualised and created by Amanda such as sculpture, as well as collaborative photography, and poetry created by research participants. Art works are underpinned by findings of an analysis of brand and venue marketing, interviews with women and LGBTQ+ people, and discussions with marketers and venues. It explores the:

  • pleasures and risk involved in drinking and nightlife participation
  • importance of drinking and nightlife to feminine and LGBTQ+ identity making
  • targeting of women and LGBTQ+ people by alcohol brands and venue
  • inequalities that exist in nightlife and drinking including the normalisation of unwanted (sexual) attention

This is a public exhibition. Booking is not required for viewing the works.

Booking is required for attending the research/artist talk from Dr Amanda Marie Atkinson on Tuesday 7th March 5.00pm-7pm. The talk coincides with International Women’s Day, and will provide an overview of the research that underpinned the art works, and explanation of each exhibited piece.


The exhibition runs from Mon 27th Feb-Fri10th March, 8am-6pm in the John Lennon Art and Design building.

Enquiries to Amanda Atkinson –


*Dr Amanda Marie Atkinson is a Reader in the Sociology of Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University. Her general research interests relate to consumption, (gender) identity, media representations, gender relations and feminism. She has researched issues including young people’s (gendered) drinking cultures, (gendered) substance use, unwanted sexual attention, and the role and influence of media and marketing on identity making and experiences of drinking and nightlife. She creates art works underpinned by her empirical research to disseminate research findings to public audiences in accessible ways.