Events & Activities


In conjunction with Outings In Art, our Arts & Culture partners, the following events and activities are available for you.

GHBoy

GHBoy

The burgeoning party scene of East London hides a dark secret: a swathe of young men dying unexpectedly, with whispers of an unnamed killer.

In the midst of all this, Robert is grieving the death of his father. He desperately wants to be a better person but trapped in a pattern of substance abuse and infidelity, he has a lingering fear that he will never find love and acceptance.

Unexpectedly, his boyfriend Sergio proposes, compelling Robert to turn his back on addiction and self-sabotage before he destroys this final chance at happiness.

This brand-new piece of theatre tackles the misconceptions around gay culture and promiscuity. On from 4 to 28 November 2020 at the Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street WC2N 6NL

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Jamie

Inspired by a true story, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is the award-winning hit musical for today and more relevant than ever for the times we now live in.

Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. He doesn’t fit in and is terrified about the future. But he’s is going to be a sensation!

At the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London until 28 February 2021.

Unity Talks: Teddy Brown

GLF

Gay Times Unity Talks, interviews Teddy Brown, one of the founding members of the Gay Liberation Front in the UK and forefathers of our movement for LGBTQ+ rights.

He explains how the Black Panthers inspired the Gay Liberation Front in the UK.

The Gay Liberation Front

Gay Liberation Front

Fifty years ago on 13 October 1970, the Gay Liberation Front was founded at the London School of Economics.  

The formation of the GLF was a watershed moment in British LGBT+ history. For the first time, thousands of LGBT+ people protested against our persecutors.

Watch the video: The GLF @ 50: Fifty years of LGBT+ struggle

Summer Exhibition

Summer exhibition

6 October 2020 to 3 January 2021

For the first time in history, the Summer Exhibition will fall in winter. But at the Royal Academy, summer is a state of mind, not a time of year. Discover a myriad of works by household names and emerging artists inside our joyous festival of art.

This year’s exhibition includes new works by Tracey Emin, Rebecca Horn, Anselm Kiefer, Julian Schnabel, Gillian Wearing, and Ai Weiwei.

Read More about the event and how to book.

The Young Artists Summer Show

Placeholder Picture

Titled 'We Are Not the Same' by Sahar, age 14. A portrait of his brother about how the modern world contrasts with his family's traditional Afghan culture.

The Young Artists’ Summer Show is a free, open submission exhibition for young people aged 5 to 19 years, taking place both online and on-site at the Royal Academy of Arts to recognise talented young artists.

All of the artworks, including the one shown, are available to view online, with a selection appearing in the on-site exhibition taking place in the RA's Clore Learning Centre between 19 October to 22 November 2020.

Howard Hodgkin: Memories

Howard Hodgkin

Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY

1 October to 11 December 2020 at Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, 38 Bury Street SW1Y 6BB from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday

This exhibition is devoted to the art of Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017), who is widely regarded as one of the leading British painters of the last fifty years.

Bringing together nineteen of the artist’s most distinctive paintings, Howard Hodgkin: Memories focuses on the 1980s and 1990s, two decades during which Hodgkin’s art attained the stylistic maturity and expressive vitality that secured international recognition.

See Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert for further details. No booking required.

Sunil Gupta artwork

Untitled: Source The Photographer's Gallery

9 October 2020 to 7 February 2021

The Photographer’s Gallery mounts the first retrospective of New Delhi-born artist Sunil Gupta.

From his involvement in New York’s gay liberation movement during the 1970s to more recent campaigning in India, Gupta employs photography to raise awareness of LGBTQIA+ rights.

See The Photographer’s Gallery for more information about this exhibition, opening times and how to book.

Bastian Gallery

3 September to 31 October 2020
Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm at BASTIAN, 8 Davies Street London, W1K 3DW 

Picasso

The exhibition will reimagine Picasso’s Cannes Studio as an immersive experience within the gallery, using a treasure trove of objects including furniture, sculptures, ceramics, drawings and prints. 

After escaping wartime Paris the beauty and light of the Côte d’Azur reinvigorated Picasso.

Black History Month

1 to 30 October 2020 - The Zari Gallery is presenting an exhibition featuring black artists in celebration of Black History Month.

Black history month

Honour, Remember, Inspire.

See Black History Month for full details and how to book your visit or have a virtual tour.

My World and Your World

My World Your World

This sculpture by Eva Rothschild in Lewis Cubitt Park, Kings Cross, descends from a single point, diverging into branches which sink into the ground. The shape is inspired by the natural world; it could be the branches of an inverted tree, a river basin, a lightning bolt.

The entire artwork is painted in bold stripes using the artist’s distinctive palette of black, purple, pink, orange, green, and red. The stripes confuse the eye, seeming to split the solid structure into parts. See My World and Your World for further information.

Zanele Muholi Exhibition

Zanele Muholi

5 November 2020 to 7 March 2021

Zanele Muholi is one of the most acclaimed photographers working today, and their work has been exhibited all over the world. With over 260 photographs, this exhibition presents the full breadth of their career to date.

Muholi describes themself as a visual activist. From the early 2000s, they have documented and celebrated the lives of South Africa’s black lesbian, gay, trans, queer and intersex communities.

For more information and how to book see Tate Modern Exhibition

Celebrating Queer Soho

Queer Soho

An evening of sophisticated campery at the House of St Barnabas Club, a local charity for the homeless. 

This event had to be postponed in 2020 because of Covid-19 but is waiting in the wings. Hopefully, the event which will showcase the best cabaret London has to offer, will be happening in Spring 2021.

Write an Open Letter to Queer Britain

Open Letter

Throughout history, the experiences of LGBTQ+ people have been erased, overlooked or marginalised. Queer Britain want future generations to see themselves. History does not live in dusty archives, it is alive in us all in the here and now.

In partnership with Levi’s® and Post Office, members of the LGBTQ+ communities and allies are invited to write an open letter to Queer Britain. These will live in their collection and will record and preserve valuable accounts of what it means to be LGBTQ+ in Britain today.

Each letter will be a valuable asset helping to build a narrative that truly represents the diversity, resilience and beauty of the UK’s LGBTQ+ people. After the campaign, the letters will be studied by historians at Goldsmith's and Kent State Universities as part of their joint research project, 'Queer Pandemic.''They may also be used in books and exhibition.

Share your memory, and say how you are feeling. Share your hopes and dreams or even a piece of advice. Every story is important. Queer Britain want to read yours, so get writing! (Postage is free)

See full details of the campaign and how to get involved.

Royal Opera House Autumn 2020 Programme

Over the next three months the Royal Opera House will be staging an exciting mix of opera and ballet performances, including the world's first hyper-reality opera, and Insights events.

Every event, unless stated, will have the option to watch online via stream.roh.org.uk Tickets for their first three events are on sale now.

Subject to Covid-19 restrictions, they are also opening their doors to live audiences once again! They have been working hard to create a new seating map that complies with strict social distancing to make your visit as safe as possible.

See What’s On for full details.

Autumn Reads & Films

'To Be A Gay Man' by Will Young - Virgin Books
Books
'Real Life' by Brandon Taylor - Daunt Books
'Piranesi' by Susan Clarke - Bloomsbury Publishing
The new novel from the author of the fabulously odd 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell'.
'A Dutiful Boy' by Mohsin Zaidi - Square Peg Books
Films
'Rocks' - Bucky Bakray stars in this look at diverse young
female identity in east London. (Release 18 September 2020).
TV
'Ratched' - Nurse Ratched from ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest’ returns in a series from Ryan Murphy and featuring Cynthia Nixon. Netflix from 18 September 2020.

Online Free LGBT+ Film Festival

Iris Film Festival

The online festival includes seven new LGBT+ feature films and more than fifty short films from around the world. All completely free. Plus, there's discussions with filmmakers, and a few virtual parties too. 

As well as live events every day, all films are available to watch on demand. Explore the whole programme.

Other Amazing Events

See Outsavvy for a range of amazing events including 'The Glory Celebrates Black History Month' and 'Queer Question Time at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern'.

Meetings


Westminster LGBT Forum Open Meeting

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the next Forum meeting will be virtual on Wednesday 25 November 2020.

This virtual meeting will take place via Microsoft Teams.

An invitation will be sent to all Friends and Supporters on our mailing list nearer the date.

If you know of anyone who would like to join the Forum, please ask them to become a Friend.

It is Free to join, so please spread the word.