After recently revealing its new home in Kings Cross today, new museum Queer Britain has revealed that it will officially open to the public from 5th May 2022.
Kickstarting the Queer Britain programming will be a temporary display acting as an introduction to the charity and its mission. ‘Welcome to Queer Britain’ will be on show for 8 weeks whilst the team prepares their debut exhibition to open this summer.
It will display various pieces from the museums’ photographic collection and previous exhibitions including artwork from the Queer Britain archive (housed at the Bishopsgate Institute) alongside a previous collaborative exhibition between Queer Britain, Getty Images and M&C Saatchi as well as images from the 2019 ‘Chosen Family’ exhibition – a collaboration with Levi’s and Queer Britain.
Bringing this debut collection of works together is Curator Matthew Storey (Art, design and LGBTQ+ history curator for Historic Royal Palaces) who has combined pieces from previous exhibitions with portraits by Allie Crewe, Robert Taylor and Sadie Lee.
Storey said: “I hope that the photographs chosen reflect the rich diversity of the LGBTQ+ community past and present, as we look to the future of this important new museum.”
Queer Britain also will be displaying the top two winning artworks, by Sadie Lee and Paul Harfleet, from the Queer Britain Madame Prize, an art award on the theme Queer Creativity.
Wine maker Madame F sponsored the award with a minimum donation of £30,000 a year and created a bespoke Queer Britain wine to sell in the museums’ gift shop.