”All our workshops follow a structure which we think of as ‘I, We, Us’,” says Anna, “we begin with the ‘I’, which is ourselves and our relationship with ourselves, our bodies and our mental health. The ‘We’ is relationships, so how we relate to others. The final part is ‘Us’ – so that’s how all the things we’ve been talking about relate to wider society.”
“Tomorrow we’re doing a session which will be all about how to spot unhealthy relationships and questions we can ask ourselves when we’re in relationships. We hope that at the end of the session people will understand where they get their ideas of romance from but also feel comfortable to challenge those ideas,” she continues.
When – or if – you had sex education at school, where you way too embarrassed to ask a question or put your hand up? Split Banana wants to change that.
“Our workshops are interactive,” Matilda says,“we try to make them as engaging as possible because we strongly believe that art and creativity are the best methods for communication and reflection. Young people are far more likely to be able to chat freely when they’re busy making something. Everything we do is done through art, so tomorrow we’ll be making zines – a zine-making workshop on healthy relationships and in that there will be a mixture of collage, drawing, and writing.”