A ground-breaking and vital exhibition which marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act).
In Birmingham, this major exhibition will feature over 80 modern and contemporary artworks by internationally renowned artists who explore themes of gender, sexuality and identity in art. Taking 1967 as a starting point, the exhibition will reveal new research into LGBT history and visual culture showcasing artworks from The Arts Council Collection, National Museums Liverpool and Birmingham’s collection.
Conceived by The Walker Art Gallery, and in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust, Coming Out will be reimagined for audiences in Birmingham.
The exhibition includes art works by many well known artists. Visitors will see works by Francis Bacon, Eric Bainbridge, Chila Kumari Burman, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Robert Colquhoun, Kate Davis, Mario Dubsky, Harry Diamond, Mark Francis, Anya Gallaccio, Sunil Gupta, Colin Hall, Andrea Hamilton, Richard Hamilton, Margaret Harrison, David Hurn, David Hockney, Bob Jardine, Derek Jarman, Isaac Julien, Karen Knorr, Linder, Hilary Lloyd, Sarah Lucas, Robert MacBryde, Steve McQueen, Zanele Muholi, Catherine Opie, Grayson Perry, Hadrian Pigott, Charlotte Prodger, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, James Richards, Derek Ridgers, David Robilliard, Maud Sulter, Keith Vaughan, John Walter, Andy Warhol, Gillian Wearing, Annie Wright and Vanley Burke.
There will be also be a series of stunning contemporary art interventions in Birmingham’s collection displays throughout the museum in the Coming Out Gallery Trail. Follow the trail to learn about artworks from the 1700s to the present day and how views of sexuality and gender identities have evolved and continue to evolve today.
To keep up-to-date with the exhibition, read our Coming Out blog posts .
There is an exciting and innovative programme of events will be happening for visitors of all ages, who can participate in a series of arts activities such as life drawing with a Drag Queen.
The public launch of this exhibition will be on Saturday December 2nd where we will be partnering with Shout Festival and Birmingham LGBT for a series of specially commissioned performances and activities to celebrate the opening of the exhibition.
Please see the What's On page for the full events programme.
Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity is a touring exhibition conceived by National Museums Liverpool, in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme 2016-19. Coming Out is part of the Arts Council Collection National Partnership Programme which sees four major UK galleries working together to curate, host, and share a series of exciting and innovative new exhibitions with works drawn from the Arts Council Collection. The National Partner venues are Birmingham Museums Trust, Walker Art Gallery National Museums Liverpool, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.
Find out more about the Arts Council Collection .
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is an Arts Council Collection National Partner .
Arts Council Collection is managed by Southbank Centre, London on behalf of Arts Council England.
- Tiles Decorated with Jake’s Progress by Matt Smith, 2010 © the artist and Birmingham Museums Trust
- Untitled by Linder, 1977 © the artist and courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
- Untitled by Linder, 1981 © the artist and courtesy Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
- Bear by Steve McQueen, 1993. Image courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery London, and Marian Goodman Gallery New York, Paris and London
- Self-Portrait with Mug of Tea by Sarah Lucas, 1993 © Sarah Lucas, courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London
- India Gate from the series ‘Exiles’ by Sunil Gupta, 1986-1987. Text with image: Even if you have a lover you should get married and have children. Who would look after you in your old age? © Sunil Gupta courtesy sepiaEYE
- The Gang, 1990 © Catherine Opie, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong
- Boy, ?, Girl, 1994, Hadrian Pigott © The artist
- Polari - an Etymology According to a Diagrammatic by Alfred H. Barr (1936) – 2012, Jez Dolan © The artist
- Who Am I? by Grayson Perry, 1996 © the artist. Image by Birmingham Museums Trust
- Claire's Coming Out Dress by Grayson Perry, 2000 © the artist, image by Jerry Hardman-Jones, Nottingham City Museums & Galleries collection