queer timɘs school prints
queer timɘs school prints
Dates: 1 December 2018 – 10 March 2019
Space: Gallery 3
queer timɘs school prints explored aspects of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Polysexual, Queer, Intersex + and Allies (LGBTPQI+A) histories and experiences in Scotland from the past 50 years. The exhibition included education prints commissioned from 10 artists, a film programme, a changing display of archive material and a public programme. This exhibition was part of queer timɘs school (July 2018 – March 2019) – an art and citizenship project – for all LGBTPQI adults, and their allies, over the age of 16 – commissioned (and subsequently acquired) by GoMA, from queer, socially-engaged artist Jason E. Bowman. It is about stepping-stones as much as about recognised milestones and aims to recognise the important heritage of LGBTPQI+A people as organisers, campaigners, shape-shifters, change-makers and community-builders..
queer timɘs school initially involved a series of assemblies led by activists, lobbyists, historians, curators, poets, and others. We are incredibly grateful to Adam Benmaklhouf, David Dick, Sharon Ferris, Robert Fox, Lydia Honeybone, Stephen King, Jade Mulholland, Karen O’Kane, Dan Perry and Roxanne Sarraillé who self elected to attend queer timɘs school following a call out through social media and LGBT organisations. This core group were asked to share and/or listen to: examples of challenges experienced; the fights against exclusion and for rights and equality; organising campaigns and protests; grass-roots and community-led care and support systems; experiences of housing, the workplace, education and of law; scene histories and non-scene lifestyles; forms of friendship and ‘alternative’ families; meet-ups, hook-ups, coupling and splitting up; types of resistance including to being co-opted; and how LGBTPQI communities have co-organised. Following these assemblies they dentified the most important themes and proposed that, for the first series of prints, the artists should be: of ‘non-conforming’ genders and sexualities, and have a pronounced relationship to Scotland. Curators, academics and cultural workers across Scotland were then requested to recommend artists for the first queer timɘs school prints commissions and the following artists were selected from these recommendations.
Adam Benmakhlouf: Adam Benmakhlouf is a visual artist and writer based in Glasgow. Benmakhlouf served an art editor for The Skinny and completed a Graduate Residency at Hospitalfield upon graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2017.
Jason E Bowman: Jason E Bowman is an artist with a curatorial practice, who teaches and conducts research. Bowman’s work is particularly engaged with artist-organisation, collective and collaborative practices; performance, performativity and the choreological; curatorship, art institutions and non-institutional practices; site and context-oriented art; and social practices, particpation and the production and coercion of publics and counterpublics.
Hamish Chapman: Hamish Chapman graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2015. Chapman incorporates print, drawing, installation, sculpture and bought objects into his practice to consider subjects including the body and queer identity. Chapman is also co-director of “Love Unlimited”, a curatorial platform based in Glasgow. He lives and work in Glasgow.
Kate Charlesworth: Kate Charlesworth is a cartoonist, writer and illustrator. Her work has appeared in The Pink Paper, Gay News, AARGH, New Scientist and The Independent. Charlesworth lives and works in Edinburgh.
Michelle Hannah:Michelle Hannah is an artist, performer and lecturer in performance on the MLitt program at the Glasgow School of Art. She uses image, sound and performance as methods for exploring emerging technologies, cosmic pessimism, the anthropocene and new ontologies of ‘human’ identity in a non-corporeal world.
Garry Mac: Garry Mac is a comic book artist based in Glasgow. Mac has incorporated the history and theory around LGBTQIA + identities into his practice through written work and his own comic books.
Anne Robinson: Anne Robinson attended the Glasgow School of Art as a painter in the late 1970s. Today, her multi-disciplinary practice is concerned with the perception and politics of time passing, working experimentally with duration, frame, exposure, paint surface, sound and movement.
Camara Taylor: An artist/researcher (b.1627) who has been working periodically as Camara/Taylor since 2016. Taylor worsk with their various selves and others to produce image, video and sound, alongside events, exhibitions, texts and a mobile zine library. Camara investigates refusal, withdrawal and recalcitrant methodologies in practices and politics produced in Black waters.
Donald Urquhart: Donald Urquhart lives and works in Scotland. His seminal London club night The Beautiful Bend (co-hosted by Sheila Tequila and DJ Harvey) saw his distinctive and witty ink drawings receive recognition. He has since shown at ICA London, CCA Glasgow, White Columns New York, MMK Frankfurt, Hermitage St Petersburg and is currently in the Michael Jackson On The Wall exhibition at Grand Palais Paris. He is represented by Maureen Paley and Herald Street, London.
Henry Rogers: Henry Rogers is the MFA Programme Leader at The Glasgow School of Art. He works in drawing, painting, photography and writing to explore the formal and mediative qualities of art, particularly as they pertain to queer theory.
Glasgow Museums are very grateful for the funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage Fund, Glasgow City Council, Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg; the Swedish Research Council and Metropolitan Bar and Restaurant for supporting the preview.