Shake the Bottle: Contemporary Photography and Sexual Identity

11 Sep 2015 – 10 Oct 2015

Event times

Mon-Fri 10am-6pm
Sat 10am-5pm
Sun 1-5pm
(weekend openings start on the 19 September 2015)

Cost of entry


Herbert Read Gallery

United Kingdom, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Travel from London Victoria to Canterbury East Station (1h 13-30mins), then by taxi or foot to the campus (10 minute walk). Canterbury West Station (which is a twenty minute walk from the gallery) is also served by trains from St Pancras and Waterloo (1h

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Whilst in no way attempting a survey, ‘Shake The Bottle: Contemporary Photography and Sexual Identity’, seeks to capture what is particular in contemporary LGBT culture, representation and concerns, as seen through mainly young and less shown contemporary artists, using photography.


The show brings together seven artists who have responded to a ‘call for works’. The catalyst of this event is the University for the Creative Arts archive of Tessa Boffin, an LGBT photographer in the 1980s/90s, who undertook work around AIDS and exploration of the tensions between contemporary media representation and ways in which performance and stereotype could be exploited through tableau, drawing on historical and mythical figures.

The work of Tessa Boffin, as a photographer, an academic and an activist, forms something of a snap-shot of an iconic period, recognizable as politically oppositional and issues orientated. Whilst tremendous political, cultural and legal change has occurred in the intervening period, this show and discussion seek to examine what are key issues and concerns for artists making work around sexual identity and whether any special space of representation remains relevant.

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Adrian Lovis

Rebekah Taylor

Exhibiting artists


Ryan Riddington

Robert Roach

Nicole Davenport

Diogo Duarte

Natasha Schastneva

Lucie Rachel


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