February marks the start of one of the highlights of London’s year: LGBT History month and a host of fascinating, insightful and inspiring events will be appearing at Regent’s Place.
Organised by Loudest Whispers – an arts project exhibition supporting the nationwide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) History month and Camden LGBT Forum – the Old Diorama Arts Centre and triton cafe will be hosting art, a queer histories talk and more. See below for the packed calendar.
Old Diorama Exhibition with Loudest Whispers (13th February-8th March)
Camden and Islington’s vibrant LGBT+ community will be out in force for the 11th anniversary celebration of one of the UK’s most colourful art exhibitions. The theme of this year’s Loudest Whispers art exhibition is Poetry, Prose and Plays.
The Arts Project’s Loudest Whispers exhibition has exploded in popularity since its launch a decade ago and is now a firm fixture on the north London arts calendar, attracting huge crowds from across the capital.
Peter Herbert, curator manager of The Arts Project, said: “We are now representing 51 artists ranging from those in their teens to people aged 80+, with the multi-ethnic cultural diversity of our LGBT+ community reflected in the exhibition. As an artist supported by Loudest Whispers, we’re particularly delighted to display the ceramic sculpture work of Peter Smith who works at Regent’s Place for The Central and North West London NHS Trust.”
Friday 7th February: Loudest Whispers Exhibition Launch
Come along and discover London’s art talent: artists who will be showcasing their work at the exhibition include Willem De Bruijn, Simon Richardson, Michael Bolstridge, Jaime Freestone, CJ Crosland, Edward Mendelsohn, Lucy Martin, Marion Hack, Iggy Miranda and Luis Ruocco. New artists include Sokari Higgwe, David Lloyd, Molly Maher, Jack Smith, Dean Stockings, Nicholas Sweet-Rogers and Mark Edmonds.
7-9pm, Wednesday 12th February: Queer Histories Talk (General Medical Council at Triton Café)
Performance historian Holly Cruise (Hollyzone) brings her entertaining history talks to LGBT History month with this fascinating, funny, and sometimes strange account of the lives and laws of queer people in Britain throughout history.
It’s a story of oppression, the fight for equality, and the question of what it means to be queer. How did we talk about and understand queer people when the very notion of a ‘homosexual’ wasn’t even invented until the middle of the 19th century? Was it always a crime to be different? How do we piece together the history of a people who often tried to stay as hidden as possible?
Illustrated with stories of famous queer people from British history, this talk will shine a light on a millennium of queerness. From infamous raids on iconic queer spaces, to legendary writers and spies, to a quick lesson in an actual gay language, grab your rainbow glad-rags or your favourite sensible brogues, and come learn more about Britain’s queer side.
Tuesday 25th February: General Medical Council Playwright event
Thursday 27th February: Finale Social/celebration
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