iHuman and School of Education Research Fellow Kirsty Liddiard has been working on a project based at Sheffield Hallam University, led by Dr Jen Slater, with researchers working across three universities in the north of England. Around the Toilet (AtT), a cross-disciplinary, arts-based research project funded by the AHRC Connected Communities programme explores the toilet as a place of exclusion and belonging. You can read more about AtT on the project site.
Along with local artist Gemma Nash and the broader team, and local organisation Content OD, Kirsty collaborated on making an animated film that explores the importance of the toilet in feeling comfortable and welcome in everyday life. The film – entitled The Toilet. – uncovers the stories of trans, Muslim and disabled people, showing how current toilet provisions prioritise some people’s needs at the expense of others. The Toilet’s message is that toilet access is an important social and political issue and we need to fight for change.