Coming Out

Sexuality, Gender and Identity
28 July – 5 November 2017
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Free entry

About this exhibition

Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity marked the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales and brought together a diverse range of artists who have used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967. The exhibition revealed the findings of over two years of research by the Gallery into LGBT history, visual culture, its collection and the Arts Council Collection, revealing hidden queer histories and institutional blind spots that was addressed through the exhibition’s programme of events and performances. 

The exhibition included artists David Hockney, Steve McQueen, LINDER, James Richards and Sarah Lucas among others, as well as new acquisitions to the Walker’s collection, generously funded by the Art Fund New Collecting Award scheme. 

Coming Out is a touring exhibition conceived by National Museums Liverpool, in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme 2016-19.



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"Coming Out is an important step in the recognition of queer cultural history and its impact on society".
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Meet the author: Sara Collins

Who is Sara Collins? I studied law at the London School of Economics and worked as a lawyer for 17 years before pursuing my lifelong ambition of writing a novel. I obtained a master’s degree in Creative Writing from Cambridge University, where I started writing my novel in late 2015.

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