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There’s nowt so queer as art


In April this year the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art opened at Tate Britain in London.

Three years in the making, the exhibition paints a colourful and complicated picture of sexual orientation and gender identity leading up to 1967’s partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. DIVA’s Carrie Lyell went down to Tate Britain to meet exhibition curator Clare Barlow and find out why this particular show is so important to her.

DIVA: Some of our readers might be surprised to discover that this is the first major exhibition dedicated to queer British art. Why do you think that is?

CLARE BARLOW: We were quite surprised when we started researching that there hadn’t been a show of its kind before. I’m the first person who gets to tell this story, which is exciting, but there are also moments of terror [laughs]. And that’s right. It should feel like a privilege to be doing this and it does. It’s a good moment to be doing something like this, because marking 50 years [since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales] feels like the right opportunity to look back at our history and where we’ve come from, to think about where we are, and then to look forward as to what we might want to do next.

“What’s exciting about the show is it shows that even in times of oppression we have been happy”

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