A vibrant arts afternoon in partnership SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture celebrating queer creativity in the region and the opening day of the exhibition Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity .

The doors will open at 1pm and we’re really delighted to say that comedian Joe Lycett will be officially opening the exhibition shortly after.

This is your first chance to see the exhibition which showcases works by artists of international significance, including Derek Jarman, Sarah Lucas, Charlotte Prodger, Francis Bacon, and David Hockney.

Another of the highlights will be stunning live drag acts from queens who have created visual responses through costume, make-up and performance, inspired by the broad themes of sexuality, gender and identity raised in the exhibition. The queens will become living art as they work their podiums and plinths lip syncing and performing as they transform into moving sculptures inspired by the exhibition.

Throughout the afternoon, watch and work with talented local artists by joining our artist sessions in the gallery and make your own art. Families can enjoy the fun by taking part in rainbows crafts in the Mini Museum.

Learn about the artworks and artists on show with tours from curators and the learning team and enjoy our exclusive exhibition playlist.

LGBT+ culture will continue to leave its impact in other areas of the museum with the Coming Out Gallery Art Trail .

You’ll even be able to buy Rainbow Crunch Donuts from the Edwardian Tearooms to keep you fuelled throughout the afternoon!

The event will be welcoming with an inclusive atmosphere encouraging visitors to participate as much or as little as they like.

Join us from 1.00pm – 4.00pm to enjoy pop up performances, lip syncs, tours and lots more! 

Please note that capacity in the exhibition is limited.

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