Queering Spaces

Presented by Socially Engaged Art Salon (SEAS)
Curated by Gil Mualem-Doron

A woman on roller-blades looks at some of the art installed in The Ledward Centre windows.
Photo: Gil Mualem-Doron

‘Queering Spaces’ is a group exhibition at The Ledward Centre featuring photography, film, and mixed media works from Anthony Luvera, Cathy Cade, Hussina Raja, Luc(e) Raesmith, Nate Lavey & Stephen Vider, Shannon Novak, Tara Brag, Queer History Now collective, and Gil Mualem-Doron.

‘Queering Spaces’ celebrates LGBTQ+ History Month and focuses on significant places and moments for the LGBTQ community in the UK and abroad; from the first Pride in 1973 in Los Angeles (captured by the renowned photographer Cathy Cade), to the squatting and club scene in London, and New York’s drag balls of the 80s.

A black woman helps a drag queen with shaved hair and long lashes fix a sparkly choker around his elegant neck.
Cape Town Pride Ball 2020
– Gil Mualem-Doron

The exhibition explores the spaces that give support to people living with HIV, and the struggles of LGBTQ+ communities in the townships of South Africa/other countries where homosexuality is still illegal. It also looks at the spaces used for hookups between strangers, from a toilet in a small town in New Zealand to Duke’s Mound in Brighton.

The stories of these places and the people who make them are told through film, photography, installations and socially engaged practices that amplify the voices of those that often go unheard. 

Gil Mualem-Doron explains the exhibition’s name:

“In fact, ‘Queer Space’ does not exist – we are always only queering spaces.  Throughout history, we have transformed places that were not created for us into spaces where we can be who we are. The ones who have always led these transformations, historically and now, have been indeed the queers, the outcasts, the marginalized… this exhibition is dedicated to them. The Ledward Centre, I believe, is going to continue this tradition.” 

Target sits on top of a naturally bright mezzanine-type space with a colourful peacock, its tail feathers stretched out behind it.
Photo of Tareq
– Hussina Raja

Commenting on the collaboration between The Ledward Centre (TLC) and SEAS, Duncan Lustig-Prean (TLC Director) said:

“The arts have a long history of highlighting injustice and the need for social change. Our collaboration with SEAS is really thrilling; bringing the visual arts to the Ledward Centre and helping with our ambition to promote the astounding contribution LGBTQ+ arts and culture make to our city and beyond.”

Launch event

The opening event for the exhibition was online Saturday 13th February, 2021. Speakers include:

The event also features presentations and a Q&A.

View the recording of the launch event.

Where to view the work

The whole exhibition may be viewed online on the SEAS website.

Exhibition promo film

Quick links

SEAS Logo - A patchwork raised fist holds an art brush.
The Ledward Centre