February is recognised as LGBT History Month, an opportunity to remember and celebrate our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans history and this year we also mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. We had a pretty exciting year in 2016 as Bristol was a host city for one of the LGBTHM Regional Hubs and we want to continue the momentum this year.
LGBT History Month is the chance for us to look at how far we have come but to also see how far we still have to go. There are LGBT+ people who have grown up in a society that branded them criminals, lived through harmful laws and legislation like section 28, seen nail bomb attacks or experienced prejudice and hatred for their whole lives, simply for being who they are and loving who they love. We need to remember where we have come from and ensure things like this never happens again. We live in worrying political times and LGBT History month is a reminder for us to work hard to ensure that the rights we have fought so hard remain in place and that we keep fighting for equality.
We are proud to present Art & Us. A free event taking place in Bristol on Saturday 25 Feb in the Watershed for LGBT History Month. Scroll to the bottom of the page for other partner events across Bristol.
Art & Us explores people, art and history and features very special presentations including from The TATE, discussions, performances and a star studded short film. Register for a FREE ticket Here and click here to join our Facebook Event
Queer British Art In collaboration with The TATE we are excited to present a special preview of the upcoming exhibition with curator Clare Barlow. Featuring works from 1867-1967 relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities and marking the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England, Queer British Art explores how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed.
With paintings, drawings, sculpture and personal photographs from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Simeon Solomon, Dora Carrington, Claude Cahun, Duncan Grant, Francis Bacon and David Hockney the diversity of queer British art is celebrated as never before with the first major exhibition to explore the subject.
This is an exceptional chance to get a behind the scenes look and give your feedback to shape the show which will feature deeply personal and intimate works presented alongside pieces aimed at a wider public, which helped to forge a sense of community when modern terminology of ‘lesbian’, ‘gay’, ‘bisexual’ and ‘trans’ were unrecognised. Together, they reveal a remarkable range of identities and stories, from the playful to the political and from the erotic to the domestic.
Images of Transgender People in Art Down the Ages by Cheryl Morgan, Co-Chair of OutStories. Transgender people are mostly absent from recorded history, leading some people to claim that they didn’t even exist until the 20th Century. However, a few interesting characters have found their way into the history books, and for some of them we even have portraits. Cheryl will present artistic images of trans people from the present day back to 2500 BCE.
DUSK we present one for the first screening of ‘DUSK’ from award-winning transgender actor, writer and film director Jake Graf. Starring Victoria Emslie (Downton Abbey, Theory of Everything, The Danish Girl), Duncan James (Blue) and Elliot Sailors (Spectrum) this short-film defines the underlying message of the issues of homophobia, transphobia, disability, and the tough decision of whether medical transition is the right thing to do.
Oscar will be on hand to regale you with tales of his life, his loves and his subsequent imprisonment.
Later, join us in the Watershed Cafe Bar area from 4pm where we will have some tables reserved for those who want to continue to discuss, socialise and connect.
Other events in February:
We also have a rather busy programme in February this year because of our collaboration with the In Between Time Festival who are showcasing a number of LGBT+ artists and works. Be sure to review all their events but be sure to catch: OUT as part of their New Bloods, Last in Trans with the incredible Dickie Beau and Cuncrete which features drag kings and cement. Bar Wotever also return to Bristol for 3 nights from the 1-3 at the Wardrobe. Click on the images ffi:
UWE Bristol have lots of events going on from meet ups, talks, films and a talk on HIV inthe 21st Century. Check out their listings page HERE