{Queer} + {Metals}

Digital Project and Exhibition

Queer + Metals explores the multiplicity of queerness in relation to metalwork and metalsmithing. Whether as identities, lived experiences, thinking, cultures, aesthetics, influences, stories, places and imagination.

UK artists are represented physically in the exhibition, whilst international artists who participated in Rebekah Frank’s digital residency are represented through an Instagram campaign and video interviews. The Queer + Metals project has included practitioners at different stages of their careers from a wide variety of backgrounds, many of whom have practices as intersectional as their lives. There are blacksmiths, sculptors, jewellers, farriers, welders, machinists, activists and performers.

The Queer + Metals exhibition launched at the 2022 Ferrous Festival in Hereford and will tour to MAC in Birmingham from the 12th November 2022.


A portrait of the artist in her studio.

Discover more

What does queer metal mean to you? Find out more about Rebekah Frank’s research and residency.

A beautiful and striking red and black neckpiece made of lots of small sections reminiscent of neatly layered feathers.

Visit the exhibition

Touring to MAC Birmingham November 2022 – April 2023.

Where Next?

A Reflection on {Queer} + {Metals} Panel Discussion

An essay by Alexia Pepper de Caires.

A collage made up of torn paper images and cut out printed text.

Queer + Metals Instagram Campaign

Meet the makers.

A grid of images. They show portraits of artists, some wearing unusual jewellery and head pieces. Other images show metalwork from the project.

Queer + Metals: Shaped by Us

Read Rebekah Frank’s essay.

Figure standing with tattooed muscular arms folder wearing black overalls with a tutu layered with metal and yellow and orange fabric


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