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Homotopia weekend at the Walker Art Gallery

14 November 2013 by Laura

Paintings

Early works by David Hockney

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

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month

21 February 2013 by Kay

April Ashley at the Museum of Liverpool

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month takes place every year this month. It celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. A Liverpool Trans pioneer and inspiration, Miss April Ashley MBE, will be the focus of a groundbreaking exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool opening in September.

In partnership with Homotopia, the exhibition will tell the story of April’s life and will explore the significant role she has played in making social and political history in Britain. In detailing April’s life, the project will tell the wider story of social, political and legislative change affecting Trans, LGB and many other people in Britain over the past 70 years, and of the impact April’s story has had on family law and legal definitions of gender and identity. Read more…

The Wheel of Fortune

6 November 2012 by Kay

painting of men at a circular urinal

As it’s Homotopia time again I thought I would highlight this painting from the Museum of Liverpool’s collection.

It was painted by Liverpool born artist, and well-known local character, Yankel Feather (1920-2009).

The painting, which is not currently on display, shows the interior of a men’s public convenience in Williamson Square, which was known locally as ‘The Wheel of Fortune’. It reflects the time, prior to 1967, when homosexuality was illegal. Read more…

April Ashley Heritage Project

31 July 2012 by Lucy

Photograph of April Ashley

April Ashley was at the Museum of Liverpool on Friday to launch a new project by Homotopia Liverpool

On Friday, we hosted a very special event, marking the beginning of an exciting project that will culminate in an exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool.

The event led by Homotopia Liverpool, took place to announce the ground-breaking project that will tell the story of the life of Miss April Ashley, utilising her unique collection of photographs, letters and personal documents supplemented with archive materials from Liverpool records Office, National Museums Liverpool and other sources.

April attended the event herself, and took part in a Q&A session with BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Philips, which inspired everyone who came along to hear about the project and April’s life. Read more…

IDAHO 50

14 May 2012 by Sam

Marketing Officer Andrew Winder has news of how National Museums Liverpool will be one of 50 organisations marking the city’s International Day Against Homophobia on 17 May:


IDAHO 50 logo

“National Museums Liverpool will join Everton FC, Liverpool Cathedral, University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Merseytravel, amongst many others in support of the worldwide initiative against homophobia and transphobia, lead in Liverpool by Homotopia.

Many of the organisations involved will fly equality flags, host planters containing pansies created by artist Paul Harfleet and programme events.

At National Museums Liverpool, we plan to mark it with a special tour of Hello Sailor! at Merseyside Maritime Museum. The exhibition uncovers gay life at sea, particularly pre-decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. For many gay people, cruise ships and the merchant navy provided refuge that could not be found on land. A date for the tour of Hello Sailor has yet to be confirmed. Read more…

David Hoyle drops into the Walker

18 August 2010 by Lisa

Here’s Marketing Officer, Andrew Winder, to tell us about an interesting visitor to the Walker Art Gallery recently…


I joined artist David Hoyle last week on a walk-around of the Walker in preparation for his event there in November. Curator of Fine Art at the Walker, Charlotte Keenan accompanied us along with Kenn Taylor from Communities, Visitor Host, Emma Devlin and Gary Everett, Director of Liverpool’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender arts festival, Homotopia.

David’s event at the Walker, on Sunday 7 November, will form part of this year’s Homotopia festival, which runs from 1 – 25 November. He was enthralled by the two Lowry paintings currently on display, proclaiming that the artist is as important as Picasso. Sadly, they won’t form part of David’s tour as they’ll temporarily be replaced with other artworks. Look out for more information on the event here or on Homotopia’s website coming soon.

Man and a woman looking at a painting of a child

David and Charlotte checking out some of the paintings at the Walker.

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Flying the flag against homophobia

3 November 2009 by Kay

two women holding up a large flag with broad stripes in rainbow colours

Head of objects conservation,Vivien Chapman, (left) inspecting the flag in the textile conservation studio

This special Rainbow Flag was recently donated to the Museum of Liverpool’s permanent collections and will be displayed pride of place in the People’s City gallery in the new Museum of Liverpool when it opens in 2011.

This flag represents a very important first in Liverpool. It was flown above Liverpool Town Hall for the first time for the International Day Against Homophobia on 17 May 2009. It is just one of the many objects with amazing stories which curators seek out to ensure contemporary issues and events in the city are represented for the future. International Day Against Homophobia marks the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation took homosexuality off its list of mental illnesses. It is hard to believe that until relatively recently this was still the case but with recent homophobic attacks in Liverpool it is all too apparent that there is a long way to go in challenging prejudice and intolerance. Read more…

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