Tate Britain is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Pride in London and will officially launch the two-week Pride Festival at Tate Britain on Saturday 24 June.
A day long celebration of the LGBTQ+ community has been planned to coincide with Tate Britain’s exhibition Queer British Art 1861-1967 and will be the special launch event for the Pride in London festival. Tate Britain will also be flying the rainbow flag above the gallery from 5 April, the opening date of Queer British Art, until the end of July.
Pride in London at Tate Britain will run from 2pm to 10pm on 24 June and will explore and celebrate LGBTQ+ through music, performance, talks, tours and film. The event kicks off the two-week festival which culminates in the annual Pride parade, where Tate will have a float.
Clare Barlow, Curator of Queer British Art, said: ‘We are so pleased to work with Pride in London on this fantastic event that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community in London and beyond. It is a great addition to the programme surrounding the Queer British Art exhibition and it will be an amazing opportunity to celebrate the diversity of Queer culture in Tate's collection.’
Alison Camps, Co-Chair and Director of Marketing for Pride in London: ‘Pride in London is honoured to be partnering with Tate, and working alongside one of Britain's most loved and iconic institutions. Art and creativity have always been wonderful partners with the LGBTQ+ community. As Tate's exhibition shows, it has been an amazing example of freedom and expression. There is so much about art that embodies the highs and lows of our community, and exemplifies everything that Pride stands for. This year we will host our biggest, most diverse and most exciting festival programme ever, and the event at Tate Britain is the perfect way to kick it all off.’
On 24 June there will be activities for families, including stalls and food throughout the day both inside and outside on the gallery lawn, as well as talks and performances highlighting related collection works and contemporary displays. The evening will see the gallery filled with music, performance, talk and discussion, bringing together key contemporary voices and perspectives from across the LGBTQ+ community.
Queer British Art (5 April – 1 October 2017) is the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art. Unveiling material that relates to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ+) identities, the show marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. It presents work from the abolition of the death penalty for sodomy in 1861 to the passing of the Sexual Offences Act in 1967 – a time of seismic shifts in gender and sexuality that found expression in the arts as artists and viewers explored their desires, experiences and sense of self.