SOFT & HARD: Beyond Recognition and Queer Coding

27 January 2024 - 16 March 2024

The Art House welcomes Whiskey Chow, a London-based artist, Chinese drag king, and Tutor at the Royal College of Art (RCA), who brings together a group of artists exploring what ‘Queer spirit’ means in artistic practice today.

Living in different timelines of LGBTQIA+ movements, and constantly negotiating with complex power dynamics from intersectional and cross-cultural perspectives, Queer artists often invent new visual approaches to address their desires and concerns.

SOFT & HARD investigates how new generations of Queer artists create space for themselves and their community through art that goes beyond vanity, hypersexuality and gender performativity.

The exhibition features recent RCA graduate artists Elena Hoskyns-Abrahall, Emma Sheehy, Hongmin An, Jim Rampage, Leonie Cameron, Net Warner, Sean Synnuck, Sojung Park, Yuqing Lin, Candice Dehnavi, Maya Erin Masuda, Theresa Weber, Rose Arbuthnott and Whiskey Chow.

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Kindly supported by Henry Moore Foundation

With thanks to individual donors who wish to remain anonymous

This exhibition runs across two gallery spaces.

Main Gallery
-The Main Gallery is well-lit with no noise.
-There is no seating in the Main Gallery, however, the café is close by and looks into the gallery space. Seats can be taken in the Main Gallery if needed.

Tiled Gallery
-The works in this exhibition include sound. Sensory ear defenders are available for use during your visit, and can be picked up at the entrance to the gallery.
-Photosensitive warning – A film in this room contains some fast-paced black-and-white flashing imagery.
-The gallery has varying low light levels. Please speak to a member of staff if you require access support.
-There are two films in this gallery. There is seating available to watch these films.

Our galleries are Guide and Support dog-friendly (We ask that dogs be kept on leads).

Both spaces are level access, and allow space for wheelchair/mobility aid/pushchair users or people with Guide dogs to pass comfortably.

The exhibition includes Audio, Braille, Easier Read and Dyslexia-friendly interpretations.

We also offer exhibition private views by appointment.
We can accommodate visitors who might need additional lighting.

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