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  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018

    Travelling Queer People's History show @ LSE

    6.30pm-8pm

    Shaw library,
    London School of Economics (LSE)
    6th Floor, Old building, 

    Campus map. Entrance via Aldwych

    Bird dressed as Queen Victoria in a black Victorian dress with a lace veil and shoulder piece.

    Bird la Bird’s Travelling Queer People’s History Show will showcase hidden queer histories of some of the UK’s best known museums and galleries. Bird will present material from her tours exploring sexuality, colonialism, incarceration and working class histories.

    Join Bird as she explores the lives, loves and crimes of queer convicts in “Going Down” created for Tate Britain in 2017. “Who Created the Crime?” written in collaboration with Dr Rohit K Dasgupta uncovers the startling link between the National Portrait Gallery and the British colonial laws which outlawed queer sex across the British Empire. The same laws are still on the statute books in over 30 Commonwealth countries.

    Booking

    Free - book tickets via Eventbrite

    LSE Shaw library

    The Shaw library is an amazing old fashioned room with comfy armchairs, old books and portraits of the LSE great and good. Take this opportunity to get a really comfy seat.

    Accessibility

    • Live captioning for deaf and hard of hearing audiences
    • Wheelchair accessible

     

  • Sat
    24
    Feb
    2018

    Travelling Queer People's History show @ CAKE ROOM HASTINGS

    6.45pm-10pm

    Cake Room
    30 Robertson St,
    Hastings
    TN34 1HT

    Bird la Bird’s Travelling Queer People’s History Show comes to Hastings!!!

    Funny! Provocative! Intersectional! Somewhere between a comedy show and a lecture!

    Queer femme feminist performance artiste and know-all Bird la Bird will introduce you to:

    • The prisons and workhouses which once stood on the site of some of Britain's top museums!

    • How colonial Britain exported homophobia and continues to incarcerate LGBTQI people!

    • The original OINTOB convicts - the lesbian and trans flash mobs of Nineteenth Century Penal colonies!

    • Britain's first known Black Gay Sex Worker and how he was transported to Australia!

    • The startling link between the founders of the National Portrait Gallery and global homophobia!

    It's an evening of queer history with class and cake!!!

    • Ticket price includes 1 cake and 1 hot or soft drink 

    • Fully licensed bar

    Bird la Bird’s Travelling Queer People’s History Show will showcase hidden queer histories of some of the UK’s best known museums and galleries. Bird will present material from her tours exploring sexuality, colonialism, incarceration and working class histories.

    Join Bird as she explores the lives, loves and crimes of queer convicts in “Going Down” created for Tate Britain in 2017. “Who Created the Crime?” written in collaboration with Dr Rohit K Dasgupta uncovers the startling link between the National Portrait Gallery and the British colonial laws which outlawed queer sex across the British Empire. The same laws are still on the statute books in over 30 Commonwealth countries.

    Booking

    £10 including 1 cake and 1 hot or soft drink - book tickets via Eventbrite

    Accessibility

    Unfortunately this venue is not wheelchair accessible. 

    Please contact me if you have an access need and would like to attend.

    Watch this space for accessible gigs.

     

  • Thu
    03
    May
    2018

    Queer Perspectives: Turning the tables

    19:00-20:00

    National Portrait Gallery 
    St Martin's Place 
    London
    WC2H 0HE

    In June 1914 suffragette Margaret Gibb, using the pseudonym Anne Hunt, smuggled an axe into the National Portrait Gallery and attacked a portrait of Thomas Carlyle, a towering intellectual of the Victorian age who amongst other things wanted to bring back slavery.

    Margaret Gibb claimed her choice of portrait was a mere co-incidence. But given that Carlyle believed in the destiny of great men (there were no great women in his book), Bird begs the question:

    Was this supposedly random act one of feminist fate?

    Bird will pick up where Margaret left off and explore the dangerous legacy of Thomas Carlyle including his part in the history of racism, his wilful act of writing women out of history and his desire to return to feudalism.

    There's a queer perspective to every story including this one. Bird will get her beak stuck into suffragette spinsters, the infamous domestic arrangements in the Carlyle household and touch on the impact Carlyle had on early 20th Century queers.

    Direction and dramaturgy

    Jan Willhem van dem Bosch

    FREE event

    Find out more and reserve a ticket on the NPG website

  • Sat
    19
    May
    2018

    Travelling Queer People’s History Show

    14.00-17.00

    Jubilee Library
    Jubilee Street
    Brighton
    BN1 1GE

    Part of IDAHOBIT

    Hosted by Brighton and Hove LGBT Worker’s Forum

    The Travelling Queer People’s History comes to Brighton for this amazing FREE gig including FREE after tea party!

    About the show

    Queer femme feminist performance artiste first ever solo show is somewhere between a comedy show and a lecture.

    Including:

    • The prisons and workhouses which once stood on the site of some of Britain's top museums

    • How colonial Britain exported homophobia and continues to incarcerate LGBTQI people

    • The original OINTOB convicts - the lesbian and trans flash mobs of Nineteenth Century Penal colonies

    • Britain's first known Black Gay Sex Worker and how he was transported to Australia

    • The startling link between the founders of the National Portrait Gallery and global homophobia

    The show is currently in pilot.

    Direction and dramaturgy: Jan Willhem van dem Bosch

    Tickets

    Free - register here

    Accessibility

    • Wheelchair accessible venue
    • Live captioning
    • Contact Bird if you have an access requirement and we will do what we can to accommodate

    Direction and dramaturgy

    Jan Willem van den Bosch

  • Sun
    24
    Jun
    2018

    Travelling Queer People’s History Show

    DAY TIME

    LONDON, TBC

    EVENT DETAILS TBC

  • Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018

    Turning the tables: Inaugural Lecture of the Goldsmiths Feminist Research Centre

    6pm-8pm (Doors open 5.30pm)

    George Wood Theatre,
    25 Laurie Grove,
    London
    SE14 6NL

    Map of Goldsmiths Campus

    Montage of Tommy Carlyle slashed portrait. Bird sitting on the toilet in Carlyle House. Margaret Gibb Suffragette
    This explosive performative lecture by Bird la Bird will explore the moment in 1914 when suffragette Margaret Gibb smuggled an axe into the National Portrait Gallery and attacked a portrait of Thomas Carlyle. 

    Carlyle was a towering intellectual and celebrity of the Victorian era and a notorious racist who wanted to bring back slavery just a few years after abolition. Margaret Gibb claimed her choice of portrait was a mere co-incidence. But given that Carlyle believed in the destiny of great men (there were no great women in his book), Bird begs the question: Was this supposedly random act one of feminist fate?

    Bird la Bird will pick up the where Margaret left off and explore the dangerous legacy of Thomas Carlyle including his part in the history of racism, his wilful act of writing women out of history and his desire to return to feudalism. Bird will bring the Carlyle story bang up to date by exploring his ongoing presence and influence not only in the museum but in his new incarnation as a meme. 

    Through this performative lecture, Bird la Bird will speak to themes of memory, museums, archives, histories, feminist resistance, and more.
     
    Director and Dramaturg - Jan Willem Van Bosch
     
    Laurie Grove. The George Wood Theatre 
    Doors open at 5.30pm get there early
     
     
  • Sun
    02
    Dec
    2018

    Threesome exhibition

    Open Tuesday to Sunday 12-4pm

    The Gallery Liverpool, 41 Stanhope Street

    "Threesome is a collaborative exhibition about the creative relationship of three renowned lesbian painters Sadie Lee, Roxana Halls and Sarah Jane Moon and their response to each other’s work, vision and identity.

    The three women have sat for each other as artist’s models and also painted each other exploring the relationships between artist and muse. The women have also painted performance artist Ursula Martinez in three contrasting portraits."

    and yours truly! More soon

    http://www.homotopia.net/festival-item/threesome/#.W-SDPHr7QWo

    http://thegalleryliverpool.com/event/threesome-exhibition-as-part-of-homotopia-festival-2018/