Exhibition

Queer Spaces: London, 1980s – Today

2 Apr 2019 – 25 Aug 2019

Event times

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–9pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

Cost of entry

free admission

Whitechapel Gallery

London, United Kingdom

Address

Travel Information

  • Bus: 25, 205, 254
  • Tube: Aldgate East / Aldgate
  • Train: Liverpool Street

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How has the changing landscape of London affected the lives of queer people? In the 1980s, campaigning groups and social spaces proliferated alongside a growing LGBTQ+ rights movement.

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 But are the city’s community centres, bars, cabarets, cruising areas, and other venues for exploring sexuality and trying out new identities now under threat?

The market-led redevelopment of hundreds of spaces around London is rapidly changing the capital’s queer scene. This display focuses on the rarely seen archives of queer venues and social networks collated by University College London’s Urban Laboratory. It reveals the radical inventiveness and creativity of London’s queer 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.

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