LGBT+ and queer art study day

LGBT symposium
3 Nov 2017
10am - 4.30pm
Suitable for:
all visitors
Free event, pre-booking is essential

Join us for a day of talks and discussion exploring LGBT+ history and art in museums and art galleries.

The day will include the opportunity to hear from staff at the Walker about their recent LGBT+ work, including the exhibition Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity and research project Pride & Prejudice, sharing insights on their research, audience development, programming and resources.

There will also be the opportunity to hear from artists, activists and community leaders about their work. The day will end with a panel discussion reflecting on where we go next and what the future holds for LGBT+ representation and visibility in museums and galleries.

This is a day for networking, skills sharing and making new friends. Artists, curators, activists, educators and anyone with an interest in LGBT+ art, history and art galleries is welcome to join us.

The event will take place between 10am – 4.30pm. Participants are invited to join us for a second day of workshops, performances and activities on Saturday 4 November to help us celebrate the exhibition on its closing weekend.

Complimentary refreshments and lunch will be provided. All participants will also receive a copy of the exhibition catalogue for Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity. Attendance is free of charge.


This event is free but places are limited and booking is essential. Please email to reserve your place by noon on Thursday 2 November.

Event Programme

10.00 – 10.30
Registration with tea and coffee

10.30 – 10.40

10.40 – 11.30
Curating Queer Art Histories at the Walker Art Gallery - Charlotte Keenan McDonald, Curator of British Art

11.30 – 13.00
Lunch break, with time to see Coming Out and follow the LGBT+ art history trail in the permanent collections

13.00 – 14.00
Art Talks with Art Fund: Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings - UK Gay Bar Directory

14.15 – 15.00
LGBT+ Engagement and Programming
Angelica Vanasse, Education Manager, in conversation with Chris Porter and Paul Rooney from Young Person's Advisory Service (GYRO - Gay Youth R Out and THE Action Youth - Trans Health Education)

15.00 – 15.30
Nailing Transphobia – Trans visibility and activism in the museum in conversation with Charlie Craggs

15.30 – 16.30
Where to go from Queer?
Panel discussion considering LGBT+ work in museums now and in the future with Charlotte Keenan McDonald, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Paul Rooney and Charlie Craggs. Together with the audience we will map out our ideas and aspirations for the future of Queer programming at the Walker and beyond. Graphic facilitation by Laura-Kate Draws.

This event is part of the Coming Out exhibition and our Coming Out events event series.