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Discuss & Exchange: 'Queering Spaces'

  • Theatre Deli (Main Space) 202 Eyre Street Sheffield, England, S1 4QZ United Kingdom (map)

Led by Claire Meade, Jessie Mclaughlin and Kevin Jesuino

Queering Spaces will examine the challenges, visibility and specific needs for queer artists working in socially engaged practice. This D & E event will bring together voices that explore how queerness can be brought towards visibility in education, museums, and the social sphere. Examples of practices across various countries and cultural contexts will shed light on how queer artists are bringing the struggle of representation into the forefront of social art practice both in the UK and abroad.

Claire Mead is an art historian and independent curator whose current research has focused on experimental film within the art museum, and has extended to consider feminist and queer film and visual arts practices and the way they are curated in the museum, exploring issues surrounding diversity and tokenism in the field. She also works as a consultant for emerging artists in Paris, while continuing to write as an art critic on her blog, “Art is a Conversation”.

Jessie McLaughlin is self-proclaimed amateur artist and footballer working from a queer, brown (sometimes sad) perspective, foregrounding emotional experiences and proposing these as valid methods of research. Currently they are doing an ARHC funded partnership PhD between Goldsmiths, University of London and Tate researching how to queer and decolonise the space of the art museum through working with young people.

Kevin Jesuino is a Portuguese-Canadian interdisciplinary artist. His works spans the performing arts, visual art and participatory social art practices. His interests lie in socially engaged/relational art practices that intersect between the visual and performance art forms while bringing to the forefront the voices of the marginalized (both artist and non-artist) and speak of contemporary world issues.