‘Queer Heterotopias’

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

A birds-eye view of a circle of land surrounded by sea and pride flags. The circle contains buildings, attractions and landmarks iconic brighton, including beach huts, the Pavilion, the Brighton AIDS Memorial, and The Ledward Centre.
Beth Easton

Duke Mound, Brighton’s Palace Pier, the Marina, Brighton Sauna, Black Rock place, Portslade Basin Road Local Wildlife site and its naturist beach, Brighton Pavilion, the Pride parade, your home during the lockdown and sometimes your body… all these are heterotopias – places that are outside the norm, that are strange or in other words queer. In fact, Brighton, as a holiday seaside town where non-normative and even transgressive behaviour is rife, can be seen as a heterotopian city. As such, it has attracted throughout history the LGBT community and it is no wonder that it became the UK’s LGBTQ capital. 

The “Queer Heterotopias” exhibition, at The Ledward Centre [TLC], produced by SEAS Brighton in collaboration with the The LGBTQ+ Centre New York and the Preus Museum (Norway), celebrates these spaces and takes the visitors on a tour of past and present heterotopias.

Contributing Artists

Where to view the work

From 6 August to 30 September 2021, you can view a selection of the work in the windows of The Ledward Centre’s building (next to the Library on Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GE). The exhibition will be extended inside when the centre opens.

There’s more information about the art and the artists on the SEAS website.

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