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


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

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