Media Release
From    Claire Francis
Phone   0141 287 5548
Email   claire.francis@glasgowlife.org.uk

16 April 2018


Glasgow Museums has been successful in an application for a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant. Led by the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), the project Queer Times will receive £9,100 to respond to the complex coalescence of a number of significant LGBT+ anniversaries in 2018: the 30th anniversary of the introduction of Section 28, and the end of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales (1967) – which also paradoxically marks the beginning of the 13 year wait for Scotland to partially decriminalise homosexuality, in 1980.

The Queer Times project, exhibition and public programme has been carefully developed by GoMA over 18 months, in discussion with artists Ajamu Ikwe-Tyehimba and Jason E Bowman, alongside various LBGT organisations, associations and academics. The project will unfold over an eleven month period (May 2018 – March 2019) with events on LGBT+ heritage that will culminate in new work for an exhibition and public programme at GoMA.

Jason E. Bowman, Scottish artist and researcher, and MFA: Fine Art Programme Leader at the Valand Academy, Univesity of Gothenburg, said: “As an artist and researcher working with communities I fundamentally believe that heritage can be generative not only of conservation and preservation, but of criticality. I am delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund concurs. It has provided much-needed financial support to allow me to work with LGBT+ peoples to interrogate, in the contemporary, the obscured and marginalised histories and community endeavours that have affected lives prior to, during and post the 1980 decriminalisation of homosexuality in Scotland.”

Ajamu Ikwe-Tyehimba, a London-based fine art photographer and queer visual artist, said: “GoMA has consistently provided genuine space for LGBTQ artists and others within its programme and has not been afraid to push boundaries in regards to creativity, and more importantly, theoretically. I have had the pleasure of working with GoMA over the past decade and each time I encounter GoMA, I wish more galleries and museums would take a leaf out of their book. This funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund allows this work to develop further and I am looking forward to After Dark launching the Queer Times project in May.”

Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor David McDonald, said: “I am delighted that GoMA has been awarded this funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to continue their important work in bringing marginalised histories and communities into an international visual art discourse.”

Lucy Casot, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland said: “Queer Times is a fine example of HLF’s Sharing Heritage programme that, thanks to National Lottery players, makes it possible for local people to choose what is important to them, what they want to save, and how they want to spread the word throughout their community.”

The Queer Times exhibition and public programme will emerge from archival and ethnographic research in museums collections, especially the education collections, alongside participatory processes, discussions and performances. The project will connect audiences – both those who regularly visit GoMA, and those LGBT+ audiences that may not – to a less well-known historical narrative about the 13 year wait for Scotland to decriminalise homosexuality in 1980, Section 28 and its impact on education and civic life in Glasgow, and how understandings of that history relate to current experiences.


Editor’s notes

  • Situated in the heart of the City Centre, the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) is Scotland’s most visited modern and contemporary art gallery displaying work that highlights the interests, influences and working methods of artists from around the world. Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AH. Open Monday to Wednesday and Saturday 10am to 5pm, Thursday 10am to 8pm and Friday and Sunday 11am to 5pm   www.glasgowmuseums.com/goma  @GlasgowGoMA
  • Sharing Heritage is for any not-for-profit group wanting to explore their community’s heritage. With a commitment from HLF of £3 million each year, Sharing Heritage grants between £3,000 and £10,000 are available to groups who want to discover their local heritage. Projects can cover a wide spectrum of subject matter, from exploring local archaeology and a community’s cultures and traditions, to identifying and recording local wildlife and protecting the surrounding environment, and managing and training volunteers or holding festivals and events to commemorate the past.
  • Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities across the UK and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, HLF invests in every part of our diverse heritage. www.hlf.org.uk @HLFScotland

For more information please contact:

Claire Francis
T: 0141 287 5548

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