Queer Perspectives

31 May 2024 – 6 Jul 2024

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10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

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elysium gallery are the custodians of a building which has historic significance in terms of the LGBTQ+ nightlife scene in Swansea. Having been described as a ‘city mourning the loss of its gay culture’ the number of exclusive LGBTQ+ spaces in Swansea has fallen. The proposition of a Queer Space exhibition has come about in response to this but also aims to support queer visual artists in Wales and beyond.

The term queer space fluctuates between two contested concepts ‘queer’ and ‘space’.

Fundamentally, queer spaces are ones of safety, allowing queer people to embrace their authentic selves, offering a space of empowerment and resistance against mainstream norms. For many, the term may be synonymous with queer nightlife but that denies the myriad of spaces that perhaps fall under this blanket term. For example, these spaces may be architectural, virtual, personal, historical, or imagined. Queer spaces, also have potential to be political in and by their existence and practice.

Perhaps not having a singular definition is part of the point, the term remains transient, open and amorphous.

We invited artists to submit a proposal outlining how they would develop work in response to the theme of queer space. The artists were chosen from the call-out by our panel of selectors Rhiannon Lowe, Cerian Hedd, Dafydd Williams and Sahar Saki.


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