Queer Pop

Queer Pop

Celebrating LGBT+ Art & Artist

Exhibition August 4th –  August 26th

Opening Night: Friday August 4th, 18:30-21:30


Tel. (0131) 229 1528

Originally meaning “strange” or peculiar”, queer came to be used pejoratively against those with same-sex desires or relationships in the late 19th century. Beginning in the late 1980s, queer scholars and activists began to reclaim the word to establish community and assert an identity distinct from the broader gay identity. British  director Derek Jarman famously explained that while the term used to frighten him, it eventually became a label of personal ‘liberation’ allowing him to express his sexuality within the framework of his cinematic works. More recently, it has become reclaimed as a fluid term for people of different sexualities and gender identities.

Pop art has long-standing associations with Queer culture. From the camp inflected proto-Pop collages of Edwardo Paolozzi and Cecil Beaton in the 1940s and 50s, to the mature Pop world of Warhol’s Polymorphous factory and Robert Indiana’s declarative sculptures in the 1960s. This trend continues up to the present day with artists continuing to imbue their work with satire and ambivalence, appropriating and twisting everyday mass and consumer culture in a tradition long associated with Pop’s most explosive period. A continuing expansion beyond the mediums of painting, collage and sculpture into photography and moving-image based approaches have accelerated in recent years, offering some of the most exciting queer-inflected examples of Pop by artists such as Cindy Sherman, William E. Jones and Michael Robinson.

Gallery 23 is grateful for the generous support of Lloyds Banking Group and the Rainbow Network for their efforts on behalf of this exhibition.


♦ Shelagh Atkinson ♦ Garda Alexander ♦ Adam Castle ♦ Ian Duncan ♦ David Gilliver ♦ Callum Kennedy ♦ Linda Rosalia Kosciewicz ♦ James Peter ♦ Anne Power ♦  Catherine Sargeant ♦ Krzysztof Strzelecki ♦ Ed Twaddle ♦ Mark Vice ♦ Craig Waddell ♦

Performance Artists

Coke Flores Real & Mad Nad Bo

Special Guests

Alice Rabbit and her troop ‘The Rabbit Hole’

♦ Alice was the host of the Gay Pride 2017 and is one of the most renowned drag queens in Scotland ♦

Last Supper: The Rabbit Hole Family (2017) – Craig Waddell

A series of lectures and film events including a Q&A lecture and screening of Barbarella will accompany the exhibition on Saturday, August 12th, from 6:30 – 9:30.

All works will be for sale at the artist’s discretion.

The exhibition opening will be held at the gallery’s West End location on Friday,
August 4th, from 6:30-9:30.

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