Celebrating queerness

Highlighting LGBTQ+ Artists

The Queer Experience

If I have to change my lifestyle, I don't want to live.

Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Self Portrait’ 1988
Robert Mapplethorpe
Self Portrait 1988
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.

Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi, ‘Flesh II’ 2005
Zanele Muholi
Flesh II 2005
© Zanele Muholi

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol, ‘Self-Portrait’ 1986
Andy Warhol
Self-Portrait 1986
© 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London

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Five Stories of Queer Artists

As the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art comes to Tate Britain, we tell five important queer stories

Tate Kids Kids’ View

5 LGBTQ+ Art Stories

Join Olly Pike as he explores LGBTQ+ artists, their wonderful worlds and artworks


A Queer Little History of Art: Bathing

Discover a queer reading of art history through Duncan Grant’s Bathing

Talking Point

Susan Calman on queer role models, art and progress

The Scottish comedian discusses why the gay rights movement is still so important today


How Muholi is rediscovering beauty

Explore this visual-activist's practice through three photographic series


Sunil Gupta: 'Being in the dark room is healing’

The photographer talks about how his work in the dark room helped him deal with his HIV positive diagnosis

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Portfolio: Rotimi Fani-Kayode – Desire In Exile

Mark Sealy

Rotimi Fani-Kayode arrived in Brighton aged 11 in 1966, having fled Nigeria’s civil war. After coming out as gay, he ...


Five Things to Know: Keith Haring

Explore the life and work of this artist and activist


Who is Bhupen Khakhar?

An introduction to the artists Bhupen Khakhar exhibiting at Tate Modern
Talking Point

Queer Lives: Channel 4 Random Acts

Watch six films, each providing glimpses into the lived experience of six individuals

Teaching Resource

Thinking about gender and bodies

Find ways to structure discussions and activities to explore identity and gender


Artist Meets: BBZ x Abondance Matanda

Hear BBZ, a collective for queer people of colour, in discussion with the up and comer they most admire

In the galleries

Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Keith Haring’ 1984

Visit QUEER displays and Exhibitions

See LGBTQ+ artists take centre stage in Keith Haring, Zanele Muholi and Andy Warhol

Hilary Lloyd, ‘One Minute of Water’ 1999


Explore how members of the LGBTQ+ community respond to artworks on display at Tate Britain