Doll Hacktivist Workshop at the SWW DTP Brilliant Bodies Fun Palace Event


Learn the art of doll make-unders and become a fashion doll hacktivist in a unique workshop that is being led by SWW DTP students as part of the Brilliant Bodies’ Fun Palace event.

Fashion dolls such as Barbie and Bratz are sometimes seen as an extreme embodiment of society’s narrow expectations of consumer culture, beauty and physical form.  Learn how to make under fashion dolls in this workshop that is being run by PhD students of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership in collaboration with Devon Rescue Dolls. Thoughtful craftivism will be combined with gentle discussion about issues such as gender, sexuality, disability, materials and remaking – all of which will be delivered age-appropriately for those taking part.

The workshop is free to attend (dolls will be supplied). The event will be run twice to allow more people to take part.  Those interested in attending the event are able to reserve a place at the Eventbrite website: Please remember to select the appropriate 11am OR 2pm ticket after you click ‘Register’. Open to anyone aged 9+ but children must be supervised. If you are booking for a young person please only book one ticket for them; you do not need a ticket to accompany them.

The Doll Hacktivist workshop is part of Brilliant Bodies, a Fun Palace being run by PhD students of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.

Fun Palaces is a free, nationwide celebration of arts and science, @FunPalaces @EmbodimentDTP #BrilliantBodies


Saturday, 1 October 2016 at 11:00 – Add to Calendar


Wills Memorial, Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RJ – View Map


Fun Palaces

Brilliant Bodies Fun Palace – Saturday 1 October, Bristol

Sat 1st October 2016 10am-5pm
Wills Memorial Building, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RJ

  • A free, nationwide celebration of Arts and Science
  • The first Fun Palace to be set up and run by students
  • Interactive and fun way  for the general public to engage with university life

South-West based students will share their research on the body with the people of Bristol at their Fun Palace in October.

Our bodies are an essential part of who we all are, but how often do we stop to think about them? The body shapes our emotions. It connect us, and brings us into conflict. It determines the very limits of our lives, and deaths. These ideas and more will be explored by local PhD students from the arts and sciences.

They will present and share their cutting edge research on the body through playful activities, artworks and experiments. Everyone is invited to come prepared to think, and, as importantly, prepared to have fun! From hacktivists giving doll make-unders, to understanding virtual Minecraft bodies; from getting hands-on with medical artefacts to contemplating the end of life, Brilliant Bodies will be a thought-provoking experience for all ages.

Brilliant Bodies is part of Fun Palaces 2016, a free, nationwide celebration of community, bringing people together with arts and sciences, taking place on Saturday 1 October.

Based on a never-built idea from theatre director Joan Littlewood and architect Cedric Price, the first Fun Palaces took place in the UK and worldwide in October 2014, when 138 venues, locations, communities and groups created their own local events. Over 3000 people took part in organising these events, many of them as volunteers, and approximately 40,000 people participated Fun Palaces in person, while tens of thousands more engaged with them online. In 2015 the numbers rose to 142 Fun Palaces across the UK and internationally, with 50,000 people participating.

Fun Palaces create events that bring together arts and sciences – but above all PEOPLE – to work together, create together, have FUN together, and in doing so, build our own communities, from the grassroots up.

“I’m looking forward to showing our research to people in a fun, accessible way – a bit less Ivory Tower and a bit more Alton Towers!”
Elen Caldecott, PhD student, Bath Spa Uni

@FunPalaces | @EmbodimentDTP | #brilliantbodies

For further information please contact:
Emma Geen:
Daniel Carpenter: