How can we create a visible and safe future for LGBTQIA people in Liverpool?

Since 2020, our Queer the City project has brought LGBTQIA arts and culture into the mainstream. 

We launched the project during Homotopia Festival 2020, working with queer writers, to create The Walk an audio project that presented an LGBTQIA focus on areas of the city not usually viewed as queer. Since then our art installations in prominent places around Liverpool have been seen by over half a million people.

During LightNight 2021 we hosted Queer the City: Drag Cabaret outside (and inside) LUSH Liverpool. Hosted by Filla Crack with performances from: Adam All, Dosa Cat, Shania Pain, Baba Yagga. On the day artist Leo Soph Welton created some live art illustrations on the windows of LUSH. Throughout the day our community sent statements of queer joy that leo incorporated into the artwork.

Supported by LightNight, LUSH Liverpool & Liverpool BID company

 

In the summer of 2021, following a spate of violent hate crimes against our community, Queer the City took on a fresh focus. Culture Liverpool (the city council’s department for culture and tourism) approached Homotopia and LCR Pride Foundation and asked us to put together a creative, community-led response.

For our first response we commissioned artist Sophie Green to create artwork that was displayed on digital screens across the city during what would have been Pride weekend.

We went on to design a 2-year proposal that combines visible queer art with a programme of community building and training for venues and transport providers. As part of this project, we’ve also held two community consultations and an online survey to hear direct from our community and understand where/who/how the funds can best be allocated for the future of the project. Our proposal was deliberately flexible to leave plenty of room for input from across the city’s LGBTQIA communities.

During Homotopia Festival 2021 we continued to Queer the City with public art across the city. Unfortunately, within a week two of the three artworks had come down and been destroyed. With support from our partners at FACT and LUSH Liverpool, we got the artwork reinstalled. Bigger, bolder and queerer.

Queer With No Fear – Ben Youden

Hate Has No Place In Liverpool – Rosa Kusabi 

Queer Power – Dan Chan

Continuing into the winter months we exhibited newly commissioned artwork in Liverpool Central, Moorfields and Sandhills stations, welcoming holiday shoppers and Christmas night outers, reminding them ‘Liverpool is a city for all, so be sound and have a ball’ by artist Leo Soph Welton.

June 2022 for one night only, our Queer the City project will took over the Museum of Liverpool in their first NML Xtra event. An evening showcasing some of the region’s most exciting LGBTQ+ artists all under one roof, the museum was brought to life with experiences, encounters and installations embedded around it’s galleries.

Have your say. You can still fill out our community consultation here or get in touch on hello@homotopia.net.