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5827085Queer Spaces: London, 1980s - Today
DateTuesday 16th April 2019 to Sunday 25th August 2019
DescriptionVigils with drag artists and musicians, meticulously researched heritage listing applications, a tongue-in-cheek 'funeral' for much loved nightlife spot - these are some recent activist tactics employed to resist market-led redevelopment of LGBTQ+ spaces in London. In the 1980s, campaigning groups and social spaces proliferated alongside a growing LGBTQ+ rights movement. But are London's queer spaces --whether bars, community centres, cabarets or cruising areas - now under threat? This display focuses on the rarely seen archives of LGBTQ+ venues and social networks collated by University College London's Urban Laboratory, who also contribute an interactive map charting the appearance and disappearance of spaces over the last 30 years. Among the featured case studies are the London Lesbian and Gay Centre and Black Lesbian and Gay Centre, both running in the 1980s and '90s; Glass Bar (1995-2008), a space in Euston for women, trans women and non-binary patrons; and venues such as The Joiners Arms, The Black Cap and The Royal Vauxhall Tavern that are the subject of current campaigns against redevelopment. Together, they reveal the radical inventiveness and creativity of London's LGBTQ+ communities since the 1980s. At the same time artists Tom Burr (b. 1963, USA), Ralph Dunn (b. 1969, UK), Evan Ifekoya (b. 1988, Nigeria), Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings (both b. 1991, UK), Prem Sahib (b. 1982, UK) and others give their perspectives on 21st century cityscapes of sociability and self-expression.
Time(s)From Apr 16, Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun 11am-6pm, Thu, Fri 11am-9pm, ends Aug 25
LocationWhitechapel Art Gallery
Telephone No.020 7522 7888
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Whitechapel Art Gallery
Address77-82 Whitechapel High Street
Aldgate East
E1 7QX
Telephone No.Recorded Information: 020 7522 7878
Other Enquiries: 020 7522 7888
Opening timesWeds - Sun, 11am - 6pm, Thurs night until 9pm
Some Thursday evenings the exhibition is unavailable due to talks
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