{Queer} + {Metals} exhibition

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

The exhibition will tour to MAC in Birmingham from the 12 November 2022.

A Craftspace exhibition co-curated by Dauvit Alexander and Deirdre Figueiredo in collaboration with Rebekah Frank.

The exhibition and a digital residency with Rebekah Frank explore the multiplicity of queerness in relation to metalwork and metalsmithing. Whether as identities, lived experiences, thinking, cultures, aesthetics, influences, stories, places and imagination. Viewed together in this context, the artworks can be seen as an act of resistance. The exhibition is a means to empower, affirm and express solidarity between LGBTQIA+ creatives, making visible the ways they are shaping, disrupting and contributing to contemporary craft and design practices. Rather than provide answers or fixed ideas, it seeks to open up possibilities and make connections within a diverse, intersectional, complex and fluid community of making. We respect that for some within our community ‘queer’ is still associated with oppression whilst others are strongly reclaiming it as a liberating non-binary collective term.

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.

Dauvit, Deirdre and Rebekah identify as LGBTQ+ as part of their intersectional identities, making this project a personal and collective endeavour. We are proud to occupy public space in presenting this work. It provides the opportunity for a wider audience to become more aware of diverse cultures and for LGBTQIA+ visitors to feel included.

LGBTQIA+ refers to: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual plus other sexualities and genders

A person poses in a light pink draped and revelaing dress. The dress is adorned with flowerlike metal brooches and they are wearing striking makeup and have an unusual coral coloured wig in a glamourous style.
A bright pink abstract form which looks like a bent metal square pole folded over and mishapen.

Images: (top) John Moore, Pagoda II. Photo: John Moore. (left) Fei He, Faye – Art Drag Queen, Aphrodite. Photo: Shawn Zang. (right) Theo Somerville Scott, Orlando. Photo: Martha Rose Photography.

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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