Girl TALKS: International Women's Day Special

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Sheaf Street Cafeteria

3 Sheaf Street


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Our monthly meet-up falls on International Women's Day so this one is going to be extra special!

With talks from Kristyna Baczynsi, Modes of Expression, Equaliser, Four Chambers and Freedom4girls.

You'll also, as always, have a chance to make a new pal, meet a collaborator or just have a chat with some new people.

FREE! Please register for a ticket through the link above to guarantee your place ☺️

EVERYONE WELCOME! our monthly meet-up is usually aimed at women and non-binary ppl only, but we want anyone and everyone to hear what our speakers have to say.

With inspiring talks from...

Kristyna Baczynski - Illustration & Comics

Kristyna Baczynski is an illustrator and comic book artist. Freelancing from her studio in Leeds she creates comics, zines, posters, apparel, stationery and more for a wide range of clients that have included Anorak, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Etsy. In 2017 she illustrated her first two children's books.

As well as self-publishing her own comics and zines (Hand Me Down, A Measure Of Space, Vessel, Vantage), Kristyna has worked with publishers at home and internationally such as Fantagraphics and Image. Her comics have been nominated for two British Comic Book Awards and an Eisner Award.

You might be familiar with some of Kristyna's awesome comics and zines which frequently pop up in local art fairs - plus she'll be at Thought Bubble this year!

Modes of Expression

Made up of local artists Bobbi-Rae and Emma Hardaker, Modes of Expression are two girls making, creating, teaching and facilitating meaningful artwork through community-led workshops and collaborative projects.

From a city historically known for its rich textile and ceramic industries, they strive to preserve history whilst making contemporary contributions to evolving practices.

You might have spotted some of their impressive, colourful murals around the city - such as the outside of the Brunswick - or even seen them on the news!


Equaliser is a Leeds-based DJ collective that aims to nurture and promote the talent of cis women, trans women, non-binary and trans people.

They host monthly DJ workshops for people who identify with this, helping to highlight new talent and give people an intimate, safer space to practice and learn. They also put on parties for everyone, that celebrates this talent and their artistry. Equaliser only host DJs and performers who identify as cis women, trans women, non-binary and trans people.

Equaliser use their platform to create open conversations, challenge and teach perceptions of gender identity within music, with an aim to create safer music spaces that everyone can be equal in.

Party for everyone, party for equality.

Tina Leslie - Freedom4girls

Tina works both locally and internationally in the fight against period poverty, and has been busy doing national radio and travelling to educate and improve the lives and dignity of those who have periods.

Freedom4girls is a campaign to eradicate period poverty worldwide. They help provide a choice of reusable sanitary pads, disposables and moon cups, deliver quality menstrual education to tackle stigma and taboo, conduct research on the economic social and environmental impacts of period poverty and support more period-havers worldwide.

Vex Ashley - Four Chambers

Vex Ashley is an independent porn producer and performer making work with creative pornography project, Four Chambers. Vex worked as model and webcam performer before beginning to make film work as Four Chambers in 2013.

Self-taught in cinematography with an emphasis on collaborative DIY practices, Four Chambers has spearheaded a new wave of creators making contemporary pornographic work from a new perspective with the aim to expand ideas about what porn can say, do and be.

Through building communities on social media and the capacity of crowdfunding, Four Chambers is part of the growing decentralisation from traditional industry practices. Independent, conceptual, creative, pornography cinema.

Girl Talk is a free, monthly, informal meet up for creative women and non-binary people hosted by Girl Gang Leeds.

We'd also like to use this time to chat about future Girl Gang Leeds events, whether you want to get involved, have a project you'd like help with or have an event idea you'd like to see us make a reality.

We aim to create a relaxed environment whilst championing our local pubs, bars and cafes. To do this Girl Talk will be held at a different venue every month, suggestions for venues are very welcome! This month we'll be at Sheaf Street Cafeteria with the help of the lovely Duke Studios team ☺️

Venue parking:
Duke Studios doesn't have any dedicated parking, but there are pay and display parking on the surrounding streets (Sheaf Street, Cudbear Street, Hunslet Road). Sheaf Street Cafeteria also just across the road The Tetley car park which has 813 spaces.

How to get there by public transport:
Sheaf Street Cafeteria is an 8-minute walk away from Leeds Train Station which offers great transport links within the region and also nationally. The venue is also within close proximity to Leeds City Bus station. For more Information please visit

Venue accessibility:
Sheaf Street Cafeteria is located in a heritage building, every effort has been to ensure the spaces are as accessible as possible. There is one step to enter through the main entrance for which there is a portable ramp. Once inside all areas are fully wheelchair accessible. Sheaf Street Cafeteria also has a fully accessible toilet on site.

If you have any questions send us a message!
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