Tate Britain’s Queer British Art 1861-1967, curated to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England has ignited a conversation since its opening in April, an inquiry into representations of the self in a time when gender and sexuality were challenged by state and society alike. From pre-Raphaelite London, specifically 1861, the abolition of the death penalty for sodomy, to 1967, the exhibition traces queer sensibility from a time where modern inclusive terminology was not developed to include a sense of community. It playfully and tragically maps identities onto a larger political sphere, examining everything from domesticity and eroticism. And it is now ready to expand this conversation further.
King’s College London, in partnership with Tate Britain, is organising a workshop focusing on the exploration of proponents of British queer art from the mid-nineteenth century onwards. Envisioned as a summer weekend, the course will bring together speakers from King’s College London and Tate Britain alike lecturing on a range of genres (painting, installations, film, dance, literature) relating to LGBTQ identities.
This bite-size course is open to the public, with a minimum age requirement of 18, and is aimed at those with a curiosity or interest queer history and contemporary culture. It is also relevant to students working on art history, sexuality, gender, queer identity and history, and human rights.
The course will take place on Saturday, 17th June, to Sunday the 18th. There is also an optional field trip to Charleston on the 15th of July, a visit to the country home of Bloomsbury Group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant.
The deadline to book a place is 31 May.
More information can be found here.
Duncan Grant, Bathing 1911 © Tate (header) Simeon Solomon, Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene 1864 © Tate (body)