Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity

2 Dec 2017 – 15 Apr 2018

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham, United Kingdom


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This major exhibition will feature over 80 modern and contemporary artworks by internationally renowned artists who explore themes of gender, sexuality and identity in art.


A ground-breaking and vital exhibition which marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act). Taking 1967 as a starting point, the exhibition will reveal new research into LGBT history and visual culture showcasing artworks from The Arts Council Collection, National Museums Liverpool and Birmingham’s collection.


The exhibition includes art works by many well known artists. Visitors will see works by Andy Warhol, Sarah Lucas, Grayson Perry, David Hockney, Francis Bacon, Steve McQueen, Derek Jarman, Sunil Gupta, Chila Kumari Burman, Linder, Richard Hamilton, Gillian Wearing, Eric Bainbridge, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Robert Colquhoun, Kate Davis, Jez Dolan, Mario Dubsky, Harry Diamond, Mark Francis, Anya Gallaccio, Colin Hall, Andrea Hamilton, Margaret Harrison, David Hurn, Bob Jardine, Isaac Julien, Karen Knorr, Hilary Lloyd, Robert MacBryde, Zanele Muholi, Catherine Opie, Hadrian Pigott, Charlotte Prodger, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, James Richards, Derek Ridgers, David Robilliard, Maud Sulter, Keith Vaughan, John Walter, Annie Wright and Vanley Burke.

There will be also be a series of stunning contemporary art interventions in Birmingham’s collection displays throughout the museum in the Coming Out Gallery Trail.  Follow the trail to learn about artworks from the 1700s to the present day and how views of sexuality and gender identities have evolved and continue to evolve today.

There is an exciting and innovative programme of events will be happening for visitors of all ages, who can participate in a series of arts activities such as life drawing with a Drag Queen.

The public exhibition launch will be on Saturday December 2nd (the exhibition will open at 1pm on that day). We will be partnering with Shout Festival and Birmingham LGBT for a series of specially commissioned performances and activities to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. 


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