Blueprints of Hope: Opening Celebration

8th Mar 2023
19:30  - 20:30
South Cloisters, Wilkins Building


Exhibition graphic with the text 'Blueprints of Hope: Celebrating LGBTQ+ London, Opening Celebration, Wednesday 8 March 2023, 19:30-20:30' overlaid in white on a film still showing three backlit figures in silhouette

Image: Still from 'Will You Dance With Me?', 1984/2014, Derek Jarman and Ron Peck. © Team Pictures Limited/RLP Projects Limited, courtesy Mark Ayres, Derek Jarman and Ron Peck.

About the event

Join us for a celebratory opening of the Octagon Gallery’s newest exhibition ‘Blueprints of Hope: Celebrating LGBTQ+ London’. The exhibition is curated by London-based collective Gedney Common in response to research by UCL Urban Laboratory (Urban Lab) evidencing a drop of 58% in London's LGBTQ+ venues between 2006 and 2017.

Bringing together the work of libraries, archives, community centres and activist groups, alongside pieces by contemporary artists including Louis Blue Newby, Jakob Rowlinson and Nina Wakeford, Gedney Common present a snapshot of London’s vital queer cityscape, past and present, and illuminate its role in providing a social and cultural lifeline for queer communities.

To confirm your attendance please book via the link.

This project has been (partially) funded by the UCL LGBTQ+ Equality Implementation Group (LEIG) Fund.

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