This summer, Shed Project presents Queer Lives and Art: Radical Textiles, an exhibition and public programme exploring queer expression through textile art over the past half-century. Distributed to increase visibility and accessibility, the exhibition will be shown at Woodfield Pavilion, Tooting Bec Common from 9 – 12th June 2022, with an offshoot, Queer Lives and Art: Fungus Press, displayed across the Turf Project Fungus Press sites throughout June. The exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of Pride in London.
Queer Lives and Art: Fungus Press investigates the innate narrativity of textile art and its importance in queer histories. Both textile and text originate from the Latin word, texere, meaning ‘to weave.’ This connection is clear in historical textile practices, such as embroidery, book-binding, and tapestry-making. In terms of narrativity in queer textile art, messages have been historically coded for the protection of makers or wearers. Queer Lives and Art: Fungus Press highlights the historical importance of these practices by showcasing the textual elements of textile works by artists Mark Goldby and Sade Mica – both of whom will also be shown in Queer Lives and Art: Radical Textiles.
Queer Lives and Arts is kindly sponsored by Wandsworth Arts Fringe and Arts Council England