Blog

Coming Out – closing celebrations

2 November 2017 by Felicity

Coming Out closes on Sunday 5 November

On Saturday 5 November we bid a fond farewell to Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity, our groundbreaking exhibition featuring artworks by David Hockney, Steve McQueen, Anya Gallaccio and Sarah Lucas among many others.

The artists represented have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967, after the passing of the Sexual Offences Act, which marked the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales.

The exhibition has been enjoyed by almost 60,000 visitors to date, and we’ve received some wonderful comments on the show:

Coming Out is transformative in its approach, challenging how curators employ institutions, rewriting previous narratives, giving recognition to what maybe lost historically.” – ID magazine

Coming Out is a landmark exhibition in terms of depth and breadth on LGBT contemporary art, drawn from the Walker’s own collection and the Arts Council Collection.” – Wallpaper magazine

Coming Out is an important step in the recognition of queer cultural history and its impact on society.” – Bido Lito magazine

We plan to celebrate the closing of the exhibition with a number of special events. On Friday 3 November, we have a free LGBT+ study day, from 10am – 4.30pm.

There will be the opportunity to hear from artists, activists and community leaders about their work. The day will also include a panel discussion reflecting on where we go next and what the future holds for LGBT+ representation and visibility in museums and galleries.

On Saturday 4 November, join us for free events including tarot readings, a curator-led exhibition tour and manicures from trans activist (and recent Marie Claire Future Shapers winner!) Charlie Craggs.

Saturday is also the opening day of a new display at the Gallery, Making Himself Claire: Grayson Perry’s Dresses, a not-to-be-missed display of 12 dresses belonging to the artist.

Coming Out will soon travel to Birmingham Art Gallery where it can be seen from 2 December 2017 to 15 April 2018.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comments on our blog

Thanks for commenting! Your comments will be sent to us for moderation and we will publish them as soon as we can. We may use your comments for other publicity purposes, so please check our terms and conditions about this.

If you have a specific enquiry, it's best to get in touch using our contact details.



About our blog

Welcome to the National Museums Liverpool blog! Written by our staff and volunteers, we’ll give you a peek behind the scenes of our museums and galleries.

Subscribe

RSS RSS Feed

Disclaimer

We try to ensure that the information provided on our blog is accurate and that appropriate permissions to use images have been sought. The opinions in each blog are very much those of the individuals writing.