Shameless! Festival Terms and Conditions

Shameless! Festival of Activism Against Sexual Violence

Battersea Arts Centre 27 November 2021

Professor Joanna Bourke
The SHaME Project (Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters)

Jude Kelly
The WOW Foundation

Who we are

Shameless! Festival is being delivered as part of a Wellcome Trust-funded research grant in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London. It is being presented through a collaboration between researchers from The Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters Project at Birkbeck, University of London and The WOW Foundation.

The Shameless! Festival

The festival features talks by high profile speakers, survivor-activists, researchers and medical professionals, alongside performances by incredible artists, poets and musicians, as well as interactive workshops, ‘how to’ clinics and wellness spaces – all available to access with your Day Pass ticket.

The festival has been designed to spark conversation, address the global health crisis of sexual violence (in all of its forms) and help get rid of the shame often attached to it. It is the first festival of its kind to revolutionise conversations around sexual violence; burst open inherited ideas of shame; and give everyone the chance to say to all societies, enough is enough, sexual violence must end.


If you register to attend the festival, you will be able to explore and choose from a variety of workshops, talks, performances and more on the day. There will be pop ups, a marketplace, support on site for whoever needs it, and the chance to connect with experts working to end sexual violence.

As you might expect, the festival will address difficult topics, which might feel overwhelming. We know that some discussions might be hard to bear: please remember that it is normal to feel sad, angry and/or distressed during or after the festival. We will do our best to avoid graphic descriptions and distressing details, however images and/or details referring to experiences of sexual violence will be part of the festival’s programming.

There will be support on site in many forms including access to specialists in a dedicated support space; support will also be available from rape crisis and other community organisations in the marketplace; you will be provided with information about our safeguarding policies and code of conduct, including who to contact if you experience distress during the festival.


Data Collection

If you consent to joining SHaME’s mailing list, your registration data – name and contact details – will be shared with The SHaME Project and your details will be held securely by Birkbeck, University of London.

If you consent to being contacted by email after the festival with an invitation to complete an anonymous online survey, your registration data – name and contact details – will be shared with The SHaME Project. It will be stored securely in Microsoft Sharepoint and only researchers in The SHaME Project will have access to it. You will be sent an email via BCC so that your name and contact information are not visible or accessible by anyone. You will be sent a link to an anonymous online survey hosted by Jisc Online Surveys. You will only be contacted for feedback purposes and your registration data will be permanently destroyed after this process has been completed.

Visual minutes will be taken at the festival. Visual minutes are a way of using visual arts techniques including drawing, sketching, illustration, etc. to capture a general atmosphere. No attendees will be identifiable in any way in the visual minutes artwork produced at the festival.

We will have a photographer and filmmaker on site. In line with Battersea Arts Centre’s policy, there will be clear signage around the building to alert attendees to the fact that your image may be captured. There will be clear guidance given if you do not want to consent, and all measures will be taken to ensure these attendees are not identifiable in any image capture. Any attendees under the age of 18 will be required to complete a photo permission form to be signed by a parent or guardian.

Data Dissemination

The SHaME Project will not be doing any research analysis of what takes place during the festival. Your attendance at the festival will not analysed or disseminated in research publications or at academic conferences or seminars.

The SHaME Project and The WOW Foundation will be writing about and sharing our experience of co-developing, designing and delivering the festival in non-academic forums. You will not be identified or referred to directly or indirectly. These publications and events will be strictly concerned with our perspectives on organising the festival.

The SHaME Project and The WOW Foundation may use photos, videos, visual minutes and feedback in educational and promotional materials. You will be given an opportunity to decline your consent to being photographed or filmed on the day if you so wish.    


This festival is being co-organised by The Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters Project, which is led by Professor Joanna Bourke. Professor Bourke can be contacted at the following address and email address:

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street,
London WC1E 7HX

For information about Birkbeck’s data protection policies, please visit:

If you would like to withdraw your consent, please email our Data Protection Officer

If you have concerns about this festival, please contact the School’s Ethics Officer

You also have the right to submit a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office