The Equiano Centre


Queering Black Britain

In our work exploring Black history in Britain we have been particularly working to uncover, document and make visible Black LGBTQ histories within British history. Within Drawing over the Colour Line and Black Modernism, we explored and researched various queer black artist models, artists, performers and writers involved in the interwar artworld such as Patrick Nelson, Jimmie Daniels, Alberta Hunter and Edna Thomas and focused on excavating the archives of artists such as Duncan Grant, Edward Burra, Barbara Ker-Seymer and John Banting in order to examine life histories of queer black and white artists, artistic, political and cosmopolitan connections and queer, ethnic and artistic identities within the archives. 

Here are links to some of our work on Queer Black British histories:

Queer Black Spaces 1

Queer Black Spaces 2

Queer Black Lives and Diasporic Identities in Twentieth Century Britain

Diva Magazine article

Rudy Loewe's, Claude McKay - Queer, Black & Radical

Patrick Nelson