Tate Britain Festival

Queer and Now

Returning for its second year, Queer and Now celebrates the powerful role of LGBTQ+ arts and culture in today's society

In 2017, Tate Britain’s exhibition, Queer British Art (1861–1967) looked through a queer lens at a century of art prior to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

But the history of art doesn’t only teach us about the past. It can also make us think about the kind of future we want to paint. For Queer and Now 2018, the UK’s LGBTQ+ communities both shape and preserve a space in amongst Tate Britain’s collection.

Curated by E-J Scott with Tate’s Learning teams and in partnership with Pride in London, UK Black Pride, Regard and Trans Pride Brighton, and with a dynamic cast of artists, cultural producers, commentators, activists, supporters and Tate’s own LGBTQ+ staff network, Queer and Now 2018 places queer culture at the heart of the gallery.

People of all ages and identities are invited to a day of live performances, talks, family tours, workshops, music, film and dance from artists rooted in the UK’s queer community.

See All Too Human and Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One at a reduced ticket price of £10 per exhibition. Pre-book your £10 ticket online or pick up from Manton ticket desk on the day. Exhibitions open until 18:00.

Download the programme [PDF, 2223KB]

Open to all

Tate is committed to the creation of an open and welcoming environment for everyone. Members of Tate staff will be acting as designated Vibe Checkers throughout Queer & Now to ensure that all visitors are able to fully participate and enjoy their experience. If you overhear any exclusionary language or behaviour, come across a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, or need to find a quiet, time-out space, Tate’s Vibe Checkers will be on hand to assist and respond.

Tate Britain is equipped with all-gender bathroom facilities.

Assistance dogs only, including outdoor spaces.

The use of different acronyms and language with reference to identity throughout this programme express the personal wishes of each individual or group involved in the Queer and Now festival.

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Plan your visit

Date & Time

23 June 2018 at 14.00–22.00

Talks and Discussions

Library and Archives


Drop Ins


Tate Britain Film

Out of This World

23 Jun 2018

Watch i-D x Matt Lambert's intimate and moving documentary

Tate Britain Film

69: Film premiere and Q&A

23 Jun 2018

Watch Rob Eagle's film on Europe's oldest social group for gay leathermen


Tate Britain Performance

Queer People's Travelling History Show

23 Jun 2018

Come and enjoy this performance exploring working class stories from the queer prisoners of Millbank Prison and beyond

Tate Britain Performance

Oh Mia Word!: Garden Storytelling Time

23 Jun 2018

Librarian Mia Violet and her not-so bookish guests invite you to share stories in the garden

Tate Britain Performance

Sadie Sinner & her evening bunch of Queerdos

23 Jun 2018

Enjoy an evening programme of queer performance that spans the historical to the hysterical

Music and Dancing

Tate Britain Performance

DJ Ritu

23 Jun 2018

Check out DJ Ritu’s incense-fuelled soundtrack at Tate Britain with extra spices of Bollywood, Arabic, and Latin flavours

Tate Britain Performance


23 Jun 2018

Join us for a female DJ-led hip hop, soul, house and R&B party

Tate Britain Performance

Queer and Now Buskers

23 Jun 2018

Join our three buskers throughout the afternoon of Queer and Now

Food, Fayre & Drink

Tate Britain Workshop

Wotever World’s Queer Fayre

23 Jun 2018

A collection of art, crafts and wares made by and for the queer community

Tate Britain Food and drink

Queer & Now: Food & Drink

23 Jun 2018

Enjoy a range of street food, ice cream and cocktails at Queer & Now

We recommend

In the Gallery

A Queer Walk Through British Art

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Five Stories of Queer Artists

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Talking Point

Queer Lives: Channel 4 Random Acts

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