Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

2 December 2017 – 15 April 2018

Marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexual acts, this major exhibition draws on the collections of the Arts Council, National Museums Liverpool and Birmingham.

John Walter, From Sodomy to Intimacy, 2015

The show brings together a diverse range of artists who have all used their work to explore sexuality and gender identity since 1967, when the law in England and Wales was changed.

Drawing on the findings of over two years of research into LGBTQ history and visual culture, it reveals hidden queer histories and institutional blind spots that are also explored through a connected programme of events and interventions.

Highlights include work by Andy Warhol, Sarah Lucas, Grayson Perry, David Hockney, Steve McQueen, Derek Jarman, Sunil Gupta, Gillian Wearing, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Jez Dolan, Anya Gallaccio, Catherine Opie and many more, and work funded through our New Collecting Awards scheme.

Venue information

Opening times

Open daily
Sunday - Thursday: 10am - 5pm
Friday: 10.30am - 5pm

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