This exhibition has now closed, find out what else is going on at Whitechapel Gallery

Explore the city's queer spaces of the past, present and future in this fascinating exhibition.

London's queer scene has been subject to a radical transformation during the 21st century. Market-led redevelopments have changed the landscape, forcing many LGBTQ+ venues to close in recent years and putting the community's spaces at risk.

Drawing together rarely displayed archival material from pivotal LGBTQ+ venues, this exhibition explores queer places old and new, highlighting their radical inventiveness and diversity, as well as probing how the capital's ever-changing queer scene has affected the community.

Revealing the findings of a London-wide study by UCL's Urban Labratory, Queer Spaces showcases a series of case studies of the unique stories of LGBTQ+ venues, including the Black Cap, which closed in 2015 to widespread criticism and protest, and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, which was recently granted a 20 year lease deal.

There is also work from artists including Evan Ifekoya, Ralph Dunn, Prem Sahib Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, probing the meaning and significance of queer spaces through interactions with queer nightlife culture, cruising grounds, sexual expression and body modification.

Whitechapel Gallery

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, Greater London, E1 7QX

020 7522 7888


Opening times

Tue – Sun, 11am – 6pm (Thu/Fri until 9pm) Closed 24 – 26 Dec

Exhibitions and events at Whitechapel Gallery

Exhibitions nearby

Back to top