Out and About: Pride Celebration

We are thrilled to announce the first major collaboration between Out and About: Queering the Museum at RAMM and Exeter Pride.

Join us on Saturday the 22nd May from 1.30pm to 6pm for an exciting day of talks and workshops to remind us all of what Pride means to us, share what the Out and About project team have been doing to queer the museum, and allow us to spend time celebrating Pride together online.

For everyone’s safety, the Exeter Pride Committee has decided to keep Pride online this year.

Explore the full programme below and click on each individual event to register:

1:30pm-2:30pm What Does Pride Mean to You?

Join Natalie McGrath, Prof Jana Funke, and Ellie Coleman to launch our collaboration with Exeter Pride. Hear from the Exeter Pride Committee about what Pride means to the queer, trans and non-binary community in Exeter and beyond, and what else they have in store for us as part of this year’s celebration.

We will also be joined by Sharifa Hashem Al Hashemy (Head of Diversity and Inclusion, SWASFT) to honour the contributions of NHS workers during this time of global pandemic.

Book tickets here

2pm-3:30pm Queer & Still Here: Writing for Performance Workshop (£3 registration fee)

Join poet and performer Chris White, and spoken-word artists Jasmine Gardosi & Charice Bhardwaj for a fun, dynamic online session exploring writing for performance. We’ll talk about how to write and prepare for different types of performance as well as how to bring our own words to life, with a particular focus on LGBTQ+ artists and how we amplify our unique queer voices. A chance to share work and learn new performance techniques.

Open to all LGBTQ+ artists, poets, writers and anybody who speaks their words out loud, of any experience or ability.

This is an externally hosted event. Click here for more info and to book your tickets.

3:30pm-5pm What can the RAMM collections tell us about LGBTQ+ history and heritage?

The brilliant team of Out and About researchers will share some of their discoveries from RAMM’s collections to explore LGBTQ+ history and heritage. Join us to find out how objects and artefacts can resonate with LGBTQ+ people today and offer insights into our histories. One particular focus of this session will be queer and trans perspectives on the natural world! There will also be time to ask questions and discuss what queering the museum might mean to you.

The event will be introduced by Prof Jana Funke (University of Exeter).

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5pm-6pm The Queer British Book-Off

Instead of icing cakes, our four contestants will be sugar-spinning wonderful words to convince you, the audience, that their book is the best, thereby winning them the title of ‘Queer Book-off Champion’ and a copy of Mr Loverman by Bernadine Evaristo. There will also be a book-related prize for best question from an audience member!

This event will be hosted by Exeter Pride’s Katie Moudry.

Interested in being one of the contestants? Email Katie at [email protected].

This is an externally hosted event, click here to book your ticket.

Don’t forget to visit our YouTube Channel for another opportunity to watch the work by our commissioned artists Oren Shoesmith, Caleb Parkin, Charice Bhardwaj and Carina Miles.

This work is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the University of Exeter.