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Queer Art: Gemma Rolls-Bentley in conversation with Talk Art

Foyle Rooms

Join author and curator, Gemma Rolls-Bentley and Talk Art's Russell Tovey and Robert Diament for a live Talk Art show, book signing and afterparty at Turner Contemporary.

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Saturday 18 May 2024, 5:00

Saturday 18 May 2024, 5:00 - 10:30pm

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Turner Contemporary Rendezvous, Margate, Kent CT9 1HG

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Attendees are invited to join us in our Foyle Rooms for a live recording of Talk Art with hosts Russell Tovey and Robert Diament and author and curator Gemma Rolls-Bentley to discuss her exciting new book Queer Art.

After the In Conversation and book signing, the show continues with an afterparty and a fantastic lineup of DJ’s presented by Margate Pride: Amy Zing, Mia Grimehouse and CAMP: Jess Hall and Friend of CAMP Vic Lentaigne. This is an event not to be missed!

About Queer Art

Celebrate the LGBTQI+ community with this vivid collection of artworks that charts queer voices from around the world.

The twentieth century saw key shifts for the LGBTQI+ community across the western world: from the Stonewall uprising to the first pride parades and homosexuality law reforms. The years following these milestone moments have seen queer life face new challenges, celebrations, injustices and liberations.

As ever, this journey has been closely mapped by art and culture. Artists working across all mediums – from painting, performance, digital and beyond – have captured key moments, from the HIV/AIDS crisis and the rise of drag, to marriage equality and the fight for trans liberation. The artists include:

  • Andrew Logan, sculptor and founder of the Alternative Miss World party
  • Leading artists David Hockney, Nicole Eisenmann and Zanele Muholi
  • Late greats Greer Lankton, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon and Tom of Finland
  • Pioneers of Queer Cinema Derek Jarman and Sir Isaac Julien
  • Ground-breaking photographers Nan Goldin, Ajamu X, Wolfgang Tilmans and Catherine Opie
  • Contemporary art stars Sin Wai Kin, Zackary Drucker and Clifford Prince King

With nearly 200 artworks selected by leading LGBTQI+ curator Gemma Rolls-Bentley, this book mixes the high-brow with the low, gallery stalwarts with Instagram stars, and the racy with the fabulous. This is a unique celebration of queer life – a must-have for the LGBTQI+ community, art lovers and anyone interested in the culture surrounding queer identity.

Book tickets

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Ticket holders will receive a link with a 10% discount for Queer Art and Talk Art The Interviews books in their confirmation email. Gemma Rolls-Bentley will be available for book signings at the event.

Gemma Rolls-Bentley

Gemma Rolls-Bentley has been at the forefront of contemporary art for almost two decades, working passionately to amplify the work of queer artists and provide a platform for art that explores LGBTQIA+ identity.

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Talk Art

Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament host Talk Art, a podcast dedicated to the world of art.

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The DJs

Amy Zing

Amy Zing is a co-founder and director of Margate Pride and POW Thanet festival. She co-founded queer collectives Sink The Pink, East Creative and Mighty Hoopla.

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Mia Grimehouse

Mia Grimehouse has been putting on parties for 20+ years including cult trash film events The Amy Grimehouse, as well as injecting queer culture into UK institutions.

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Jess Hall

Jess Hall is one of the proud owners of CAMP – a local queer bar and community space where we run a year-round programme of inclusive events and parties.

We will be bringing the BIG DYKE ENERGY playing queer pop and nostalgic trance anthems.

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Vic Lentaigne

Vic is a (very) queer photographer and director who moonlights as a DJ.

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