The ‘Coming Out’ Gallery Trail enables you to explore themes of sexuality, gender and identity in artworks at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. 

Experience well-loved favourites such as Simeon Solomon’s beautiful painting ‘Bacchus’ (1867) alongside striking contemporary art displayed here for the first time including Gary Hume’s seven-part rainbow painting ‘Fragment of a Rainbow VI’ (2011).

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.

Experience painting, drawing, sculpture and prints by the following artists in the Gallery Trail: Louise Bourgeois, Edward Burne-Jones, Gustave Courbet, John Craxton, Richard Deacon, Joan Eardley, Jacob Epstein, Mary Sargant Florence, Gordon Herickx, David Hockney, Gary Hume, Allen Jones, Jean-Baptiste-Marie Pierre, Gyn Warren Philpot, Matt Smith, Simeon Solomon, Emily Sparkes, John Stezaker, Angus Suttie, Henry Scott Tuke, Keith Vaughan, Ethel Walker and June Wayne.

The Coming Out Gallery Trail has been created to support the exhibition: Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity .


  • An Ode to Christian Joy, 2013, Emily Sparkes © The artist. Image by Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Kiss And Tell, 1989 © Richard Deacon; Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photography: Werner J. Hannappel. Installation view: 'Richard Deacon Missing Part’, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de la Ville de Strasbourg, France
  • Bacchus, 1867, Simeon Solomon © Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Lucifer, 1945, Sir Jacob Epstein © The Estate of Sir Jacob Epstein. Image by Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Study for Venus in Venus and Psyche, 1863-65, Jean-Desire-Gustave Courbet © Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Donkey Man by Matt Smith, 2010 © the artist. Image by Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Shortcuts - Judy Chicago, 1980, June Wayne © Estate of Wayne June/DACS, London/VAGA, NY 2017. Image by Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Portrait Head of John Hampson, 1930-50 © Estate of Gordon Herickx. Image by Birmingham Museums Trust