Homotopia weekend at the Walker Art Gallery

14 November 2013 by Laura


Early works by David Hockney

There was a very moving session at the Museums Association’s conference this week.

During the session ‘The Emotional Museum: Hold that Thought’  Professor Richard Sandell from University of Leicester urged delegates to consider the importance of the ‘visibilty’ of LGBT stories and culture in museums and galleries:

We all have a part to play in creating an environment in which prejudice can be challenged

We are really proud of the work we do with Homotopia to address this and we’re delighted to be hosting two great events this weekend from their packed 10th anniversary programme, which link to our own David Hockney exhibition.

The world of Ronald Wright
16 November

Rupert Smith explores the world of Ronald Wright, spiritualist writer, gay magazine illustrator, celebrity portrait artist, author, artist’s model and psychic medium. His artwork featured in many of the internationally renowned publications including Fizeek, Adonis, Sir Gay, Male Classics, Modern Man and Body Beautiful. Imprisoned for being gay in 1959, he was released a year later and began a successful career as artist model, most notably posing as ‘the body’ of Rudolf Nureyev for a Madam Tussaud’s waxwork.


Beefcake and Drippings
17 November

An illuminating talk on male physique photography. Rupert Smith uncovers a vibrant gay visual culture in magazines like Man’s World, Health and Strength and Man Alive. This secretive network became a covert gay press, supplying British men with erotic images, contacts and a sense of belonging at a time of vicious legal persecution.

The talk is illustrated with work by the brave, eccentric photographers and models, who created some of the most striking images of gay desire in the 50s and 60s.


Please book at the welcome desk or call 0151 478 4199 for both events to avoid disappointment.


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