Conal McStravick, Desperate Living: Queer Care Camp
*Please note Queer Care Camp will not be accessible to the public in order to host a series of workshops, on Saturday 23 October from 11-1pm, 2-4pm and 4-6pm and Sunday 24 October from 2-4pm.*
Queer Care Camp is a space for LGBTQIA+ creatives and their allies to make, think and rest. This is a space to come together, to share resources and to reimagine LGBTQIA+ communities that survive and thrive.
Hosting a range of queer care community organisations, including Mosaic LGBT+ Young Person’s Trust, as well as artists Sapna Agarwal, Juliet Jacques, Cannach MacBride and Linda Stupart, the Camp centres the question: ‘What is Queer Care?’.
Generating collaborative outcomes and public events, the project will explore how past, present and future care can provide tools for our current social, political and ecological crises, and hopes.
The space is organised flexibly around making, thinking and resting, utilising materials that echo those within the camp, the youth group, and the studio. The display includes moving image, a space to rest, and materials to read and take away. These include queer and feminist video alongside ephemera from performance and activist archives of care, including the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, the collective Strange Fruit, and the Edward Carpenter Community Gay Men’s Weekends of the 1980s and 1990s.
Visitors and participants are encouraged to share their own strategies of care and to contribute to events. For further information about the wider programme and the series of free workshops, please visit our What’s On page on our website.
Queer Care Camp is a project conceived by Conal McStravick which forms part of Desperate Living – an ongoing programme that brings artists, public organisations and informal groups together to test out new and experimental forms of collaborative programming, knowledge sharing and production, explored through the lens of LGBTQIA+ healthcare.
Supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The Mila Charitable Organisation.
See our What’s On page here for full details of our workshops.
Friday 15, Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 October 2021, 12-5pm
How Do We Care for Ourselves? Cyanotype Printmaking Workshops
Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 October 2021
Workshops led by artists Juliet Jacques, Cannach MacBride and Linda Stupart in collaboration with Mosaic LGBT+ Trust and Queer Youth Art Collective
Richard Fung, School Fag, 1998 (16 mins) Courtesy the artist and Video Data Bank, Chicago
Andre Reeder and Strange Fruit, Glad to be Gay, right?, 1992 (48 mins) Courtesy Andre Reeder
Tina Keane, In Our Hands, Greenham, 1984 (38 mins) Courtesy of Tina Keane and LUX, London
What is Queer Care? Posters are available to take away for free.
Conceived by Conal McStravick
Designed by Zhizhong Keene
Illustrations by David Shenton
With special thanks to David Gleeson and Andre Reeder
Sapna Agarwal, Rest as Resistance Sound Meditation, 2021 (6 mins, courtesy of the artist)
Content Warning: Please note reference is made to suicide in one of the videos and posters. Please speak to a Gallery Assistant if you would like more information.
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- All toilets at Studio Voltaire are gender neutral
- Chairs are available to use in the exhibition spaces by asking a member of staff
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- Conal McStravick
Conal McStravick is a queer, non-binary artist, educator and writer who makes solo and collaborative artworks, workshops and events with artists, non-artists and communities that engage LGBTQ+ and queer feminist activisms, cultures, histories and practices through interventions in moving image, performance and text. This foregrounds past and future communities and activisms of care through LGBTQ+ and AIDS activist archives. McStravick has exhibited in the UK and overseas including collaborative exhibitions and events at Generator, Dundee, CCA Glasgow, CCA Derry-Londonderry, Enclave, London and The Northern Quarter, Newcastle with collaborators including Laura Aldridge, Kathryn Elkin, Simone Hutchinson, Alexander Kennedy, Cara Tolmie, and Patrick Staff. They have appeared on panels and given presentations on Stuart Marshall, AIDS activism and broader cultural activisms at BFI Flare, Birkbeck, Concordia University, Glasgow International and Chelsea College of Art, where they guest lecture. They regularly contribute to Art Monthly and Art Monthly on Resonance FM. Recent curatorial projects include the collaborative research projects, Learning in a Public Medium and Picturing a Pandemic, in partnership with LUX.
- Cannach MacBride
Cannach MacBride is an artist and editor. They work with performance, installation, writing, video, sound, and event making, with and without institutions. Much of their practice focuses on relational entanglements, listening across and being attentive to difference, and working creatively towards an ethics of inseparability and interdependency. Collaboration and supportive practices are important to them; some of these look like art, some don’t. During times when they didn’t identify as an artist (and during times when they did), they worked in the care industry. From 2018–2020, they were part of a collective that ran a queer community center in Rotterdam called Tender Center. They are currently undertaking doctoral research at University of the Arts London with a research project titled “Listening as creative practice, listening and decolonial practices: plural methods, plural experiences
- Juliet Jacques
Juliet Jacques is a writer and filmmaker based in London. She has published three books, including Trans: A Memoir (Verso, 2015) and the short story collection Variations (Influx, 2021). Her essays, criticism and journalism have appeared in many publications, from The London Review of Books to Tribune, and her short films have screened in galleries and festivals worldwide. She hosts Suite (212) on Resonance 104.4fm – a radio programme that looks at the arts in their social, cultural, political and historical contexts. She teaches at the Royal College of Art, City Lit and elsewhere.
- Linda Stupart
Dr Linda Stupart is an artist, writer, and educator from Cape Town, South Africa. They completed their PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2016, with a project engaged in new considerations of objectification and abjection. They are currently a permanent lecturer at Birmingham City University, and have previously worked at University of Reading, London College of Communication, and Camberwell Arts College. They have also run arts education projects at Tate, South London Gallery, Battersea Arts Centre, and Camden Arts Centre. Linda is interested in the possibilities for writing and making discrete grounded encounters with different kinds of bodies (of knowledge, objects, affect as well as corporeal bodies) as a way to think through less alienated ways of living and thinking together. This comes out of encounters with feminist art, postcolonial, ecological, queer, and affect theory as well as embodied and object-based critical institutional encounters. Their current work consists predominately of writing, performance, film, and sculpture, and engages with queer theory, science fiction, environmental crises, magic, language, desire, and revenge. They have recently exhibited at Lisson Gallery, Raven Row, Tate, IMT, Matt’s Gallery, and The Showroom in London; as well as Transmission in Glasgow, DISTRICT in Berlin, Kunstverein Dusseldorf, Kunstraum Niederösterreich in Vienna, and Syndicate in Cologne.
- Sapna Agarwal
Sapna Agarwal is community organiser, activist, artists and long-term home educator based in Glasgow, working with young persons, adults and intergenerational groups. Her work centres around decolonisation through workshops, texts and participatory events. She is the founding member of Glasgow’s longest running home education group, a non-hierarchical, all ages, social group based on mutual respect and support and she curates the Woodlands Community Anti-Racist Library. She has recently co-created work with the Feminist Exchange Network, Artlink Central and Enough Scotland.
- Andre Reeder
Andre Reeder is a freelance filmmaker and social worker, born in 1954 in Moengo, Suriname. From 1972 till 1992 he was a volunteer for the anti-racist Surinamese community organisation LOSON. In the 1990s he joined the Dutch queer collective and activist organisation Strange Fruit. Since the 1980s, Andre has made reportage and documentary films about the Surinamese and migrant community in Holland, for national public television and Multicultural Television Netherlands (MTNL). These include (with Strange Fruit) Aan niets overladen/ Cause of death: nothing (1996), and Glad to be gay, right? (1992). He is currently working at Venzo as a supporter and advisor to residents’ social initiatives in Amsterdam-Zuidoost, and with his activist peers, educates and writes on the histories of Suriname, LOSON and Strange Fruit.
- David Shenton
Shenton was born in 1949 in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire. In 1965 he attended Ashton-under-Lyne College of Further Education and in 1967 he studied printed textiles at Loughborough College of Art. He received his teaching certificate at Leeds University in 1971. Shenton has been an illustrator of LGBTQ comics since the 1970s and has addressed social issues including same-sex marriage and the aids crisis His early comics can be found in gay newspapers like Gay News, Him, and Capital Gay. As a freelance artist, his work has been featured in the Guardian Building Design, Gay News, Disability Now, Solicitors’ Journal, and Opticians. In addition to his art career, Shenton has taught literacy at Norwich Prison, Hackney College, and the Education Department of the London Zoo. His book Stanley and The Mask of Mystery was published in 1983 by Gay Men’s Press. In 1988, New Zealand publication Pink Triangle said that Shenton and fellow cartoonist Alison Bechdel were “in the forefront of cartooning in the late 80s.” In 2020, the BBC produced a video feature of Shenton and his comics as part of Norwich Pride.
- David Gleeson
David Gleeson is an art critic and community organiser, born in Lincoln, England, who now lives and works in Soho, London. In the 1980s and 1990s he lived and worked co-operatively in Leeds and London, including with the gay anarchist squat Wild Lavender and for the wholefood distributor Suma. From 1985-1991, David attended the Edward Carpenter Community’s Gay Men’s Weeks at Laurieston Hall, Dumfries & Galloway. Today he is the Vice-Chair of the Soho Society and writes on art and culture in the Middle East. The Edward Carpenter Community is a gay men’s community organisation that meet throughout the UK. This grew out of the post-gay liberation queer anarchist Wild Lavender housing co-op in Leeds during the early to mid-1980s.
- Richard Fung
Richard Fung is an artist and writer born in Trinidad and based in Toronto. He holds a diploma from the Ontario College of Art, a degree in cinema studies and an MEd in sociology and cultural studies, both from the University of Toronto. He is Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University, teaching courses in Integrated Media and Art and Social Change. His work comprises challenging videos on subjects ranging from the role of the Asian male in gay pornography to colonialism, immigration, racism, homophobia, AIDS, justice in Israel/Palestine, and his own family history. His single-channel and installation works, which include My Mother’s Place (1990), Sea in the Blood (2000), Jehad in Motion (2007), Dal Puri Diaspora (2012) and Re:Orientations (2016), have been widely screened and collected internationally, and have been broadcast in Canada, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago.
- Tina Keane
Tina Keane studied at Hammersmith College of Art and Sir John Cass School of Art (1967-70) and got an MA in Independent Film and Video from London College of Printing (1995-96). She has worked across a range of media from performance and installation to film, video and digital art. Tina Keane has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and was Artist in Residence at various institutions including the Banff Centre in Canada. She is a founder member of Circles – Women in Distribution and curator and programmer of exhibitions and screenings including The New Pluralism exhibition at the Tate (with Michael O’Pray, 1985). She has won awards from the Arts Council, Channel 4, the British Council and London Production Board.
- Zhizhong Keene
Zhizhong Keene (NL~1998) works as a graphic- and visual designer, mixing traditional and new media practices of print design, coding and digital illustrating. With an interest in the visual language of cartoons and animation, Keene explores how their elements such as panels, sequences, exclamations and narrative structures can be applied across different surfaces and spaces. While attending a BA programme in graphic design at ArtEZ, Arnhem, she already started applying her skills in web design for community initiatives and artists. Keene is most enthusiastic about doing design that makes you feel good; serves a purpose of telling stories, looking and drawing people closer.
- Image credits
Richard Fung, School Fag, 1998. Film Still. Courtesy the artist and Video Data Bank
Andre Reeder, Glad to be Gay, right?, 1992. Film Still. Courtesy of Andre Reeder.
Tina Keane, In Our Hands Greenham, 1984. Film Still, Courtesy of Tina Keane and LUX, London
Installation view, Conal McStravick: Queer Care Camp, 2021. Part of Studio Voltaire’s Desperate Living programme. Photo: Benedict Johnson
- Mosaic LGBT+ Young Persons’ Trust
Mosaic supports, educates and inspires young LGBT+ persons and those around them.
They do this by providing accessible activities, programmes and services that aim to empower community members, provide essential resources, advocate for young LGBT+ rights, and embrace, promote and endorse the diversity of young persons.
They are committed to building a strong and cohesive LGBT+ community that is safe, free from prejudice, and thriving. A community where every LGBT+ young person feels empowered, inspired and proud of who they are.