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What Does a Queer Museum Look Like?

A speaker with a microphone addresses a group of people gathered sitting on the floor in the Tate Britain 1840s room.

© Anne Tetzlaff 

Where and how do we shape the queer past in the future?

This LGBTQIA+ History Month, join curators, activists and cultural producers in conversation as we ask: are we queering the museum, or museum-ing what’s queer?

In conversation

Tomasz Kitliński

Queer curator and art historian Tomasz Kitliński will explore the role that art history and practice can play in queer activism. He'll consider how this work can be used to tackle the rise of populism and the persecution of queer people.

Ajamu X

Photographic artist, archive curator and radical sex activist Ajamu X will investigate what it means to be queer and black in the archive by looking back at his series Fierce: Portraits of Young Black Queers.

Amelia Cavello

Quiplash co-founder Amelia Cavello will advocate for queer crips (quips) queering accessibility in the museum as an act of radical disability activism.

Morgan M Page

One From The Vaults trans historian and podcaster Morgan M Page will challenge charges that trans ‘didn’t exist’ in the past.

Naeem Davis

BBZ co-founder Naeem Davis will consider how to democratise access to public institutions and the role diverse lesbian identities can play in diversifying queer museums.

Lucy Nicholas

Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality at Western Sydney University Lucy Nicholas, who has written and thought about what a world without gender would be like, wonders when it is or isn’t appropriate to have gender-specific museum labels and invented titles of artworks and whether in the museum, as in the world, we need gender at all.

Amelia Abraham

Queer cultural producer, journalist and author of Queer Intentions: A Personal Journey Through LGBTQ+ Culture, Amelia Abraham, will think about where to call queer history home.

Throughout the Event

Roaming the gallery there will be invigilation by bossy, non-binary gender-bending history-thems Katy Jalili and Elijah W Harris. And Kate Shields as a nostalgic, queer clown playing Flashdance on her saw.

Tate Britain

London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit

Date & Time

15 February 2020 at 18.30–21.30


On the night there will be:
  • queer BSL signing
  • gender neutral and accessible toilets
  • queer audio describers and access workers
  • step-free access
  • a quiet, safe space

If you have any questions about accessibility or would like to be greeted at Pimlico station by a queer access worker, please email E-J.Scott@tate.org.uk


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