Event Calendar

We do not organise or endorse these events ourselves. Events are organised by individuals or groups who want to celebrate LGBT History Month; the organisers of each event are solely responsible for their own event. We publish these details for your own information only.
Feb
7
Thu
Drawing Larry @ The Sparrowhawk Pub
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Drawing Larry @ The Sparrowhawk Pub

2019 heralds 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York that kicked off the Gay Liberation Movement. This LGBT History Month, aptly themed ‘Peace, Reconciliation, Activism’, we bring you a series of life drawing events celebrating the advent of Pride, starting with Drawing Larry at The Sparrowhawk.

Larry Marks is Peace. He is the Age of Aquarius, and will be modelling nude to the spirit of the flower child era.

All abilities welcome, relaxed and informal. Drinks and food available at the bar. 18+

Materials provided, kindly sponsored by Great Art. Get 20% off further materials when you book with us online (conditions apply).

Feb
12
Tue
Drastik Measures is Starkers at The Glory @ The Glory
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Drastik Measures is Starkers at The Glory @ The Glory

2019 heralds 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York that kicked off the Gay Liberation Movement. This LGBT History Month, aptly themed ‘Peace, Reconciliation, Activism’, we bring you a series of life drawing events celebrating the advent of Pride, continuing with Drastik Measures as Starkers at The Glory.

Drastik is Reconciliation. Modelling nude, she will be channeling the essence of those early disco divas who proved anyone can be anything, and everyone is beautiful, on the dark, divine dance floor.

Materials provided, kindly sponsored by Great Art. Get 20% off further materials when you book with us online (conditions apply).

Pub doors 5pm. 18+.

Feb
18
Mon
#WeAreTheBlackCap: Four Years Fighting – a retrospective photography exhibition with talks and films @ Castlehaven Community Association
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm
#WeAreTheBlackCap: Four Years Fighting - a retrospective photography exhibition with talks and films @ Castlehaven Community Association

#WeAreTheBlackCap – Four years fighting: a retrospective photography exhibition, talks and films. Curated by Peter Herbert from the Arts Project and Chris Barlow & Michael Chan from Outings in Art.

The Black Cap, London’s legendary LGBTQ+ pub and cabaret venue, has been a haven and centre of queer life and culture since the early 1960s. In April 2015 it was suddenly closed to be turned into luxury flats. For nearly four years since then, then #WeAreTheBlackCap grassroots campaign has campaigned for the venue to re-open, successfully resisting numerous attempts to repurpose the building and maintaining a colourful and noisy presence outside the Black Cap nearly every Saturday since the closure.

This small exhibition looks back at the campaign so far, with a selection of lively photographs from the last four years plus talks and short films about what has been called the country’s most visible LGBTQ+ campaign.

Feb
19
Tue
96 Festival Launch Party @ Omnibus Theatre
Feb 19 @ 7:00 pm
96 Festival Launch Party @ Omnibus Theatre

This year 96 Festival, London’s only queer arts event under one roof, is launching with an informal conversation between artists, makers, creators, performers, activists and anyone interested in sharing their viewpoint on the changing landscape of art and LGBTQIA+ issues. How can art enact positive change in our communities?

For our first hangout of the festival, we’re thrilled to welcome Board Director of GLAAD and Diva Magazine publisher Linda Riley; actor in The Danish Girl and Colette, Rebecca Root; chair of Stonewall UK, Jan Gooding; Co-founder of Stonewall and former MEP, Lord Michael Cashman; producer of The Cocoa Butter Club – the queer collective celebrating Performers of Colour – Cassie Leon; and writer, producer, podcaster and theatre-maker Nemo Martin.

They’ll explore how queer communities experience divides around class, ability, race and gender and how art can bring us together in shared moments of connection. How can we reinvent queer activism? The conversation will be facilitated but unscripted. Come to participate in the conversation or just listen and observe, we are open.

After the conversation, artists from 96 Festival’s glittering programme will take to the stage, sharing snippets of dance, theatre and cabaret as the debate ascends into a late night party where we encourage further conversation, merrymaking and coming together.

Feb
20
Wed
Life Drawing Late @ The Paxton Centre
Feb 20 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Life Drawing Late @ The Paxton Centre

2019 heralds 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York that kicked off the Gay Liberation Movement. This LGBT History Month, aptly themed ‘Peace, Reconciliation, Activism’, we bring you a series of life drawing events celebrating the advent of Pride, continuing with a special Life Drawing Late. Theme, Activism.

The nude life model will be inspired by personalities who protested against institutional homophobia and fought discrimination with placards, marches and raised voices.

Join us for a life drawing event supreme!

Materials provided, kindly sponsored by Great Art. Get 20% off further materials when you book with us online (conditions apply).

Feb
21
Thu
Queering the History of Science: narrative, science and non-conformity @ LSE
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm
Queering the History of Science: narrative, science and non-conformity @ LSE

In what ways do our ideas about science, what it is, how it works, and who does it, need to change in recognition of LGBTQ+ lives?

In recognition of exciting and important developments, and with the aim of directly bringing them to broader audiences, this lunchtime lecture invites you to engage with scholars currently exploring and integrating these questions.

Speakers:
Ellie Armstrong
Ross Brooks
Michael Toze

Presented by the Narrative Science Project and Spectrum, LGBT+ staff network, at LSE

Feb
24
Sun
Back to the Black Cap: a reunion social @ The Edinboro Castle
Feb 24 @ 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Back to the Black Cap: a reunion social @ The Edinboro Castle

Do you have fond memories of Camden’s legendary LGBTQ+ pub and cabaret bar the Black Cap? We’re hosting a get-together for anyone and everyone who has ever loved the Cap: regulars, irregulars, staff, and performers. This LGBT History Month, come and have a drink, share your memories of the ‘Palladium of Drag’, maybe reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

Drop by whenever you like and stay as long as you like. The Edinboro Castle is a laid-back Camden pub just a few minutes’ walk from the Black Cap and Camden Town tube. Visit www.edinborocastlepub.co.uk for more information including food menus and dietary / allergy information.

The pub has level access and there is an accessible toilet. If you would like any further accessibility information, please let us know.

We will be happy to designate a table or two as a sober space if any guests would find that helpful.

XPOSED LGBTQ+ New Writing Night @ Southwark Playhouse
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
XPOSED LGBTQ+ New Writing Night @ Southwark Playhouse

Full Disclosure Theatre return with their new writing night XPOSED, eight short plays revealing the naked and entertaining truths about queer life. Whatever your preference, come discover the latest talent from a company passionate about discovering unheard voices within the community and showcasing LGBTQ+ stories.

XPOSED will be staged to tie in with the celebration of LGBT History Month.

★★★★★ ‘Triumph of a showcase which London desperately needs more of.’ Theatre Weekly
★★★★★ ‘Showcases just how fabulously diverse the LGBTQ+ umbrella can be.’ London Theatre 1
★★★★ ‘The future of compelling queer theatre is in very good hands.’ Jack the Lad

‘Full Disclosure is a marvel of a company. Young, impassioned and so badly needed, creating theatre that is committed, relevant and gloriously entertaining. If I was a reviewer, this would be a five star review, but I’m no reviewer – just one of their many fans.’ – Rikki Beadle-Blair

Apr
5
Fri
Mother The Verb @ Chisenhale Dance Space
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm
Mother The Verb @ Chisenhale Dance Space

Fusing dance, storytelling and audiovisual projections, Mother The Verb is a performance with an air of ritual enacted from queer, trans and indigenous/of colour perspectives. Exploring motherhood and its redemptive potential through a tender, physical language, this piece is a bold and complex study of the toxic effects produced by colonialism and ecological violence on human and planetary relations.

“Because our nursing infants are at the top of the food chain, they inherit a body burden of industrial contaminants from our blood by way of our milk; thus are we part of the landfill, colonized.”
– Katsi Cook, Mohawk Native American Scholar and Midwife

Bios

Ivan “Ivy” Monteiro (Brasil) is a performance artist working across dance, music and visual arts. Their work contests gender, social and racial expectations through processes of (dis)identification and draws from ancestral and spiritual knowledges to enact futuristic scenes of redemption, reparation and healing. Ivan also goes by the name “Tropikahl Pussy”, producing “draglesque” and live music performances.

Javier Stell-Frésquez (Piru & Tigua Native American from El Paso, Texas) is a performance artist and choreographer working with a variety of dance forms including ballroom voguing. She produces Two-Spirit performance festivals and community events in SF Bay Area and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Stanford University. Javier also facilitates discussions and workshops on decolonial equity frameworks and Indigenous Land Acknowledgments.

Mother The Verb is part of EcoFutures festival (4-19 April 2019), organized by CUNTemporary / Arts Feminism Queer. More info on www.cuntemporary.org

The artists will conduct a workshop at Chisenhale Dance Space on Sunday 7 April 1-5pm. More information available on the website.

Mother The Verb premiered in San Francisco as part of Counterpulse Artist Residency Commissioning Program.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Ivan Monteiro’s travel has been supported by STEP travel grant (European Cultural Foundation & Compagnia di San Paolo).
We would like to thank Chisenhale Dance Space for their in-kind support.

Links
EcoFutures: https://www.facebook.com/EcoFuturesFest
Mother the Verb: https://www.facebook.com/MotherTheVerb
FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/306877713358241/
#MotherTheVerb #EcoFutures
IG: @hellatropikahl and @jfresquez

Enquiries
General info: info@cuntemporary.org
Press: press@cuntemporary.org
Festival: https://cuntemporary.org/category/projects/ecofutures/

Apr
9
Tue
SF Trans*Plant @ The Art Pavilion
Apr 9 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm
SF Trans*Plant @ The Art Pavilion

SF Trans*Plant

a theoretical-practical bio-hacking/bio-art workshop
by Quimera Rosa
presented as part of EcoFutures festival

With a commitment to creative self-experimentation, open-source data and biomedical research, Quimera Rosa’s workshop will utilise bio-hacking DIY techniques to challenge binary identity principles that often separate humans from their non-human relations.

This workshop is based on two years of biomedical research arising from the artist’s project Trans*Plant, and the ethical issues they encountered through its development. Their research has led to the creation of two parallel processes. Firstly, “My disease is an artistic creation,” aims to replicate and release a medical technique called Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) to treat condylomata of HPV. The second strand develops a protocol for the first intravenous chlorophyll in humans. During this workshop participants will be introduced to the legal and ethical frameworks for working with biological materials, as well as techniques and tools to work with cell cultures. With this knowledge, and through the use of various biomedical techniques, each participant will create a new symbiotic being based on a composite preparation for plant cells and mycorrhizal fungi with the contribution of human material (cells, hormones or bacteria).

The workshop is aimed at people who are interested in the (de)construction of identity or who want to experiment with it. No prior knowledge is required as we encourage a curious and experimental approach.

About Trans*Plant

Trans*Plant is a transdisciplinary project, initiated by Quimera Rosa in 2016, that utilizes living systems and self-experimentation. It is a process that involves a ‘human > plant’ transition in various formats. The project juxtaposes disciplines such as arts, philosophy, biology, ecology, physics, botanics, medicine, nursing, pharmacology and electronics. The project is involved in the current debates surrounding the Anthropocene from a perspective which is not based on ‘human exceptionalness and methodological individualism’ (Donna Haraway), but that addresses the world and its inhabitants as the product of ‘cyborg processes’, of ‘becoming with’ (Vinciane Desprets) and of ‘sympoiesis’ (Haraway).

The greatest problem with the dominant strand of ecology is that it is based on a notion of ‘nature’ which is separate from humanity and the rest of the universe. Such discourses of ecology lead to colonial and binary relations between nature and culture, and an almost infinite list of other binomials founded in modern Western thought: man / woman, white / non-white, straight / queer, science / witchcraft, adult / child, normal / abnormal. The second term of each binomial is associated with nature and is therefore subjected to the same regime of violence.
Through heterotrophy carried out to its maximum, a necropolitics is constituted that literally ‘consumes’ everything on this planet. ‘Protecting nature’ seems to be a bad idea… It is strange how it is generally accepted that an individual, delimited by the skin, constitutes a living being, but that the planet as a whole is not regarded in this way. It is time to conceive of ‘ungrid-able ecologies’ (Natasha Myers) and ways of ‘un-greening the green’ (Jens Hauser).

In order to conceive of a non-anthropocentric ecology, we need to move away from identities based on essences and move towards an understanding of identities based on numerous relationships. While a human > plant transition process that includes an intravenous chlorophyll protocol will generate fears, fantasies and judgments, it can nevertheless open up the debate on identity systems. The process of self-experimentation is never an individual process, it is always a collective one. Obtaining a pure molecule of chlorophyll is as hard as getting testosterone from the pharmaceutical and biomedical industry or the legal and health system. All life is patented.

Trans*Plant would not be possible without the different ecosystems of which it is part.

Bio

Created in Barcelona in 2008, Quimera Rosa [Pink Chimera] is a nomadic lab that researches and experiments on body, technoscience and identities. Quimera Rosa aims to develop practices that produce non-natural cyborg identities from a transdisciplinary perspective. Inspired by Donna Haraway’s notion of the cyborg defined as: “chimeras, theorized and fabricated hybrids of machine and organism,” the collective deconstructs sex and gender identities as well as the interactions between body/machine/environment. Their performances produce hybridised beings and chimeras to explore aspects of subjectivity which result from the incorporation of prosthetics.

Informed by transfeminist and post-identitarian discourses, they see bodies as platforms for public intervention that can test the limits between public and private. Sexuality is understood as a technological and artistic creation with which to experiment, hybridize and blur the frontiers between natural / artificial, normal / abnormal, male / female, hetero / homo, human / animal, animal / plant, art / politics, art / science, reality / fiction…

Most of Quimera Rosa’s work is conducted in a collaborative manner and free of patents and proprietary codes. It has been presented in streets, contemporary art centres, bars, galleries, universities, concert halls, colleges, discos, museums, squats, festivals and theatres.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Quimera Rosa’s travel has been supported by STEP travel grant (European Cultural Foundation & Compagnia di San Paolo).
With thanks to Raphael Kim, Queen Mary University of London, for the technical assistance.

£70-80 for the 5 day workshop / includes material costs / only 10 places available

Ticket link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sf-transplant-tickets-57333562228