Thursday, September 21The Voice of London

LGBT art exhibitions to catch in London next year

Prospects for 2017 are exciting, with an array of LGBT exhibitions taking place across the capital.

Reporter: Emily Fortune | Sub-Editor: Cecilia Peruzzi

David Hockney's "Pool with two figures" (1972) Hockney's work is currently being featured at the Tate as part of the Queer British Art Show | (Hockney)
David Hockney’s ‘Pool with two figures’ … Hockney’s work is currently being featured at the Tate as part of the Queer British Art Show | (Hockney)

With London being one of the most diverse cities in the world, now is a great time to showcase art from all walks of life. Artists and curators from the LGBT community are finally being given the well deserved opportunity to share their work on a large platform, one of them being the Queer British Art show, currently one of the main attractions at Tate Modern.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, a step towards the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain, the British Museum will delve into the culture of ancient LGBT communities.

Based on the book A Little Gay History by Richard Parkinson, the exhibition “draws on material from ancient history to the present day, and from around the globe,” a spokeswoman from the museum said.

Emperor Hadrian's bust and coins with the head of his lover Antinous, are being shown at the British Museum next year | (British Museum)
Emperor Hadrian’s bust and coins with the head of his lover Antinous will be shown at the British Museum next year | (British Museum)

The British Museum isn’t the only institution giving LGBT artists the spotlight — the BFI will be holding BFI Flare 2017: London LGBT Film Festival next year.

With the deadline for submission in December, the selected films will be shown across various locations in central London, including Leicester Square’s Odeon, allowing LGBT film directors, writers and more to showcase their stories.

It’s an exciting time for London’s continuously diversifying art scene, so make sure to catch some of the shows this coming year.

The Queer British Art show will run from May to October 2017.

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