McDermott & McGough: The Oscar Wilde Temple

The Oscar Wilde Temple was conceived as a wholly immersive work of art and secular space honouring one of the earliest forebears of gay liberation whilst commemorating contemporary LGBTQ+ martyrs and those lost to the AIDS crisis. Twenty years in the making, The Oscar Wilde Temple is the first–ever institutional exhibition of artist–duo McDermott & McGough in the UK.

For this major new commission, the entirety of Studio Voltaire’s gallery, a Victorian former chapel, was dramatically transformed to create an environment that wholly celebrates the Irish poet and author. Period wallpaper, stained glass windows, hangings and 19th century chandeliers and furniture adorn the space, evoking the provocative sensuousness of the Aesthetic Movement. Open to the public for six months, individuals and families were welcomed into The Oscar Wilde Temple for private reflection, as well as to celebrate LGBTQ+ marriages, naming ceremonies, vow renewals, memorials and markings of other important occasions.

McDermott & McGough use the lens of Wilde’s legacy to make visible the traumatic history of queer identity while directly addressing the continuing inequalities faced by LGBTQ+ communities. Their work frequently addresses the homoerotic aspects of Victorian culture, while simultaneously acknowledging the oppressive politics of the period.

Having worked collaboratively since 1980, McDermott & McGough achieved notoriety in the bohemian downtown quarters of New York with their performative ‘time machine’ experiments. This all encompassing gesamtkunstwerk saw their dress, home and art studios, down to the materials and techniques they deployed, remain strictly faithful to the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

By refusing the contemporary present in favour of fabricating their own queer version of the past, McDermott & McGough asserted a revolutionary queer agency well ahead of their time. Their practice is a singular and prescient voice among the numerous politicised and activist artists that emerged into the mainstream during the AIDS crisis. McDermott & McGough’s work frequently addresses the homoerotic aspects of Victorian culture whilst acknowledging the oppressive politics of the age.

Alongside the exhibition, a wide–reaching Participation Programme in partnership with national LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity The Albert Kennedy Trust offered a six month programme of workshops, events, mentoring and professional development for LGBTQ+ young people, in partnership with leading artists, writers and designers.

Curated by Alison M. Gingeras in partnership with Studio Voltaire.

 

Lead Supporters

The Kors Le Pere Foundation, Dorothy Berwin, Mike Meagher and The Mila Charitable Organisation

Supporters

Hernan Bas, R & S Cohen Foundation, Marie & Joe Donnelly, Wendy Fisher, James Lindon, Victoria Miro, Mathieu Paris, Charlie Parsons, Stephen & Yana Peel, Paul Price, Thaddaeus Ropac and Glenn Scott Wright

Supporters Circle

William & Laura Burlington, David Gill, David Kowitz, Maureen Paley, Gordon Watson and those who wish to remain anonymous

With special thanks to

Art Fund Jonathan Ruffer Curatorial Grant

Green Carnation Circle

Ashish, Tim Blanks, Matty Bovan, Matt Connors, Alexandre Da Cunha, Nicole Eisenman, Paul Flynn, Anya Gallaccio, Juliet Jacques, Gert Jonkers, Isaac Julien, Glenn Ligon, Gianluca Longo, Helen Marten, Charlie Porter, Wolfgang Tillmans, Russell Tovey, Nicola Tyson and Sarah Waters

About McDermott & McGough

David McDermott (born 1952, lives and works in Dublin) and Peter McGough (born 1958, lives and works in New York) have collaborated since 1980.

Major solo exhibitions have been held at Kunsthalle Wien, Austria; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; and the Provincial Museum of Modern Art, Ostende, Belgium. McDermott & McGough’s works have additionally been exhibited at Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest; Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany; FLAG Art Foundation, New York; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva; Frankfurter Kunstverein and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Their work is held in numerous collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles.

The Oscar Wilde Temple was conceived as a wholly immersive work of art and secular space honouring one of the earliest forebears of gay liberation whilst commemorating contemporary LGBTQ+ martyrs and those lost to the AIDS crisis. Twenty years in the making, The Oscar Wilde Temple is the first–ever institutional exhibition of artist–duo McDermott & McGough in the UK.

Public Programmes

The Oscar Wilde Temple was conceived as a wholly immersive work of art and secular space honouring one of the earliest forebears of gay liberation whilst commemorating contemporary LGBTQ+ martyrs and those lost to the AIDS crisis. Twenty years in the making, The Oscar Wilde Temple is the first–ever institutional exhibition of artist–duo McDermott & McGough in the UK.

For McDermott & McGough, a central concern was for the Temple to be used by LGBTQ+ communities for ceremonies, community meetings and other special events. In response to the artists’ intention, Studio Voltaire issued a London–wide invitation, eventually working with over 20 LGBTQ+ organisations, charities and individuals to host over 70 events.

Alongside our programme of public workshops, tours, andtalks by artists, activists and academics, our community–led programmes included a Samhaim drumming circle; a “Queer New Year” letter writing workshop; a youth social with 16-25 year old LGBTQ+ people who have experienced homelessness or are living in a hostile environment; a faith gathering for the LGBTQ+ POC community with House of Rainbow; and a wedding.

The Oscar Wilde Temple was particularly celebrated and utilised by the 50+ LGBTQ+ local communities of Clapham, Wandsworth and Brixton.

Selected Events

McDermott & McGough in conversation with curator Alison Gingeras, 5 October 2018

Curator Alison Gingeras was in conversation with the artists David McDermott and Peter McGough about The Oscar Wilde Temple, a project which had been twenty years in the making.
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Dr. Dominic Janes on ‘Oscar Wilde and Queer Martyrdom’ with Professor Robert Mills, 13 October 2018

Cultural historian Dominic Janes explored the ways in which artists and writers, from Oscar Wilde to Derek Jarman, employed ecclesiastical material culture to further queer self–expression.

Wandsworth LGBTQ 50+ Coffee morning, 16 October 2018

Organised in partnership with the Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum, a local community group who have established a broad programme of advocacy, health and cultural activities for people of all ages.

Jonathan Blake in conversation with Lou Stoppard, 25 October 2018

Gay rights activist Jonathan Blake was joined by writer and curator Lou Stoppard to discuss his long involvement in activism and his life since becoming one of the first people to be diagnosed with HIV in the UK.
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Albert Kennedy Trust (akt) Youth Conference Social, 26 October 2018

akt held a social for its 10th annual Youth Conference at Studio Voltaire, hosting over 80 young people from across the UK including Scotland, Wales, Liverpool, and Brighton.

Radical Faeries of Albion: Albion Fae Samhain Circle, 31 October 2018 and 20 January 2019

The London Queer Rad Fae witches celebrated Samhain night at The Oscar Wilde Temple – returning in the New Year to to invoke Queer Spirit and for more invocations, poetry, song and drumming.

Max Fox and Ben Miller on Guy Hocquenghem’s ‘The Amphitheatre of the Dead: An Anticipated Memoir’ (1988), 8 November, 2018

Writer and editor Max Fox read from his forthcoming English translation of The Amphitheatre of the Dead, a lightly science–fictionalised memoir composed in the last months of Hocquenheghem’s life, when AIDS related complications developed into paralysis.

Juliet Jacques, A Wo/Man of No Importance, 17 November 2018

Juliet Jacques’ performative reading of A Wo/Man of No Importance, a short piece of fiction that recounts the events surrounding Oscar Wilde’s trial as well as tales from the decadent literary and artistic circles of London of the late 1800s.
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Salote Tawale, Celebrations & Sympathies: Studies in Culture 5, 29 November 2018

The 5th instalment of Tawale’s Celebrations and Sympathies, a performative hybrid of rituals and ceremonial acts, exploring the familiar and unfamiliar of daily life as well as the artist’s cultural inheritance.

Philip Hoare: Oscar Wilde and ‘Queer Nature’, 1 December 2018

Writer, broadcaster, curator and filmmaker Philip Hoare discussed Oscar Wilde’s role in “queer nature”, riffing on Wilde’s documented love of swimming to take in other watery, poetic dandies from literary history.
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Peter Tatchell on Harvey Milk, 8 December 2018

A talk by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell considering the life and legacy of Harvey Milk, the civil and human rights leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States.

House of Rainbow Faith Gathering, 25 January 2019

House Of Rainbow is an inclusive, welcoming and affirming religious community for all people, including sexual minorities and the marginalised. Led by Reverend Rowland Jide Macaulay, an openly gay African theologian.

Clumsy Bodies, February 2019

Clumsy Bodies are an LGBTQIA, disabled-led collective who work primarily in theatre, poetry, and film. They regularly used the Temple as a space for development and rehearsals for a new performance work.

The Gay Artists Group: Life Drawing, 10 February 2018 and 31 March 2019

The Gay Artists Group hosted two life drawing classes within The Oscar Wilde Temple. This long–standing group of Clapham residents and professional artists meet regularly on Sundays to draw the nude form.

LGBT+ History Month: ‘Queer Stories’ hosted by Opening Doors London, 17 February 2019

Opening Doors London – the UKs largest charity providing information and support services for older LGBT+ people – hosted an afternoon of performance, including An Extraordinary Female Affection – The Life and Love of The Ladies of Llangollen by Jane Hoy and Helen Sandler from Living Histories Cymru and Hut 8, an exploration of English mathematician Alan Turing’s (1912-1954) life and loves through dance, choreographed by Mark Smith and performed by Gavin Eden and Joseph Fletcher.

The Trial of Lord Alfred Douglas, hosted by Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum, 26 February 2019

Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum invited participants to take part in The Trial of Lord Alfred Douglas, with Peter Scott-Presland, Andrew Lumsden and David Robson. This interactive performance interrogated popular understanding of Oscar Wilde and his relationship with Bosie, Lord Alfred Douglas.

As Time Goes By: Gay Sweatshop, 2 March 2019

Through a series of facilitated discussions, readings and short screenings, this seminar considered the work and legacies of The Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company and their seminal 1976 play As Time Goes By. Conceived and led by artist Conal McStravick with original cast members Philip Osment and Bruce Bayley.

Maggi Hambling in conversation with Louisa Buck, 12 March 2019

Artist Maggi Hambling discussed her wide–ranging practice, as well as her particular connection to, and work about, Oscar Wilde.
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The Bent Bars Project 10th Anniversary Party, 16 March 2019

The Bent Bars Project, a letter–writing project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, gender–variant, intersex, and queer prisoners in Britain, celebrated a decade of connecting LGBTQ+ communities across prison walls. The event included readings from current and ex-prisoners who have been involved in the project, as well as special performances by Solomon, writer, editor and performer That Ray and artist and performer Bird La Bird.

In Alan Turing’s Name: Pardoning the Dead, Forgetting the Living, 23 March 2019

This panel, convened by Justin Bengry (Goldsmiths University), brought together authorities on Alan Turing and the 2016 Turing Bill. With Katy Watts (Public Law Project); activist Terry Stewart, Chris Waters (Williams College, Massachusetts) and John Nicolson, the SNP politician who authored the Turing Bill.
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What got you through?: Creative Dance Workshops, March 2019

This series of creative movement workshops invited individuals to explore themes of ‘resilience’ and LGBTQI+ experiences. Sessions were led by dancer and art therapist Bruce Currie and dancer/dance facilitator Andy Newman.

Author and editor Luke Turner in conversation with journalist and writer Paul Flynn, 28 March 2019

Luke Turner was joined by journalist Paul Flynn to discuss masculinity, sexuality, wilderness and religion in his celebrated memoir Out of the Woods (2019).
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Magma Poetry, 2 April 2019

The Oscar Wilde Temple hosted the launch of Magma Poetry’s The Changeling Issue, with guest readings from poets CA Conrad and Jane Yeh.

Dr Sos Eltis, ‘Oscar Wilde (anarchist, socialist, feminist)’, 11 April 2019

Dr Sos Eltis offered a radical re-examination of Oscar Wilde’s plays, challenging long-established views of the writer as a dilettante and dandy.
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Queerdirect Social, 12 April 2019

Queerdirect hosted a platonic speed dating social, as an opportunity to meet people from the wider LGBTQ+ community with a focus on intergenerational knowledge sharing and empowerment in a fun and safe environment.

The Library is Open!, 13 April 2019

The Library is Open! brought together two library–themed durational performances, The Itinerant Poetry Library by Sara Wingate Gray and Psychic Bibliophiles by Istanbul Queer Art Collective.

Brixton Umbrella Circle: ‘Pretended Family Gathering’, 14 April 2019

An afternoon outing for queer people of all ages to discuss the challenges of growing up, growing old, and being queer in the 21st century. Brixton Umbrella Circle is a group of older (50+) LGBTQ+ people located in the Brixton area of London.

Queer Crafts, 23 April 2019

Queer Crafts is a group of queer friends who were joined in October 2018 through their love of crochet and knitting. They crocheted, embroidered, laughed, had photoshoots in the highly pleasing queer aesthetics of the Temple, and sang Samantha Mumba.

QUEERCIRCLE, 24 April 2019

A community consultation session led by QUEERCIRCLE. Queercircle is an organisation that supports the work of Queer artists through exhibitions, events, mentorship programmes and grant schemes.

Huw Lemmey: Red Tory: My Corbyn Chemsex Hell, 25 April 2019

This special event launched Spitzenprodukte’s (Huw Lemmey) second novel, Red Tory: My Corbyn Chemsex Hell, published by Montez Press. The evening included readings by the author, in addition to leading writers and poets Juliet Jacques, Ashkan Sepahvand, Linda Stupart and Timothy Thornton.
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Afemmera meet–up, 26 April 2016

The Oscar Wilde Temple hosted the first official meet–up of Afemmera, a community group for cis and trans feminine-presenting women who love women.

The Oscar Wilde Temple was conceived as a wholly immersive work of art and secular space honouring one of the earliest forebears of gay liberation whilst commemorating contemporary LGBTQ+ martyrs and those lost to the AIDS crisis. Twenty years in the making, The Oscar Wilde Temple is the first–ever institutional exhibition of artist–duo McDermott & McGough in the UK.

The Oscar Wilde Temple Artists’ Group

The Oscar Wilde Temple was conceived as a wholly immersive work of art and secular space honouring one of the earliest forebears of gay liberation whilst commemorating contemporary LGBTQ+ martyrs and those lost to the AIDS crisis. Twenty years in the making, The Oscar Wilde Temple is the first–ever institutional exhibition of artist–duo McDermott & McGough in the UK.

Studio Voltaire collaborated with national LGBTQ+ youth homelessness charity akt on a wide–reaching participation programme offering six months of workshops, events, mentoring and professional development for young people, in partnership with leading artists, writers and designers.

The OWTAG was open to anyone aged 16-25 who identified as LGBTQ+. The group drew inspiration from the exhibition, to explore queer and trans art, history and politics, collaborating with artists to make their own work. The group also took part in archive visits, socials and workshops.

The Autumn programme (October–December 2018) was led by designer Ashish with artist Mark Amura who explored textiles, graphic design and print making. The group visited the LGBTQ History and Alterative Sexuality Collections at Bishopsgate Institute and explored different techniques including badge making, cyanotype printing and marbling, which led to collaboratively designing and fabricating a series of unique fashion pieces. An event and shared meal showcased the final pieces created by the group.

The Winter programme (February–April 2019) was led by writer and filmmaker Juliet Jacques with artist Virgil B/G Taylor to explore different forms of writing and its dissemination, including short stories, fiction and life writing, through performance and zine making. A zine which included poetry, prose and fan-fiction as well drawn contributions, was collaboratively designed with artist Virgil B/G Taylor. Jacques’ and the group hosted a special evening of public performances and readings, celebrating the culmination of the project.

The Oscar Wilde Temple was conceived as a wholly immersive work of art and secular space honouring one of the earliest forebears of gay liberation whilst commemorating contemporary LGBTQ+ martyrs and those lost to the AIDS crisis. Twenty years in the making, The Oscar Wilde Temple is the first–ever institutional exhibition of artist–duo McDermott & McGough in the UK.

A Plaque for Oscar Wilde at Clapham Junction

The Oscar Wilde Temple was conceived as a wholly immersive work of art and secular space honouring one of the earliest forebears of gay liberation whilst commemorating contemporary LGBTQ+ martyrs and those lost to the AIDS crisis. Twenty years in the making, The Oscar Wilde Temple is the first–ever institutional exhibition of artist–duo McDermott & McGough in the UK.

During The Oscar Wilde Temple, Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum and Studio Voltaire collaborated on a campaign to produce a permanent plaque in memory of Oscar Wilde’s passage through Clapham Junction Station.

Wilde was sentenced to two–years hard labour following his conviction for “gross indecency with men”. From 2.00pm to 2.30pm on 20 November 1895, Wilde was forced to stand, handcuffed and in convict dress, on the ‘centre platform’ at Clapham Junction station whilst being transported to Reading Gaol. He was soon recognised and became the object of jeering, spitting and abuse as a crowd gathered around him. Wilde was so traumatised by the humiliating event that he wept at the same time and for the same length of time every day for a year afterwards. He writes about this in ‘De Profundis’, his autobiographical letter written to his partner Lord Alfred Douglas in 1897.

A rainbow plaque was unveiled by Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum, Studio Voltaire and Network Rail in July 2019 and can be found on Platform 10. With thanks to Leander Architectural, Russell Tovey, the Mayor of Wandsworth Jane Cooper, The Oscar Wilde Society and all of those who made it possible through generous public donations.

Bibliography and online resources

About the artists

Enrique Junicosa and McDermott & McGough, An Experience of Amusing Chemistry: Photographs 1990-1890. (Dublin: Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2007).

McDermott & McGough, ArT Random: Messers McDermott & McGough. (Kyoto: Kyoto Shoin International Co., Ltd., 1990).

McDermott & McGough, Because of Him. Essay by Wayne Koestenbaum. (New York: Cheim & Reid, 2008).

Robert Rosenblum, Messers Macdermott & Macgough: Paintings, Photographs & Time Experiments, 1950. (Oostkamp: Stichting Kunstboek BVBA, 1998).

McDermott & McGough, McDermott & McGough: 1936. Edited by Claudia Gian Ferrari. Contributions by Michele Bonuomo (Milan: Charta Edizioni, 1996).

Mark Alice Durant and McDermott & McGough, McDermott & McGough: History of Photography. (Santa Fe, New Mexico: Arena Editions, 1998).

Glenn O’Brien, McDermott & McGough: In Dream’s You’re Mine. (Paris: Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, 2012)

McDermott & McGough, McDermott & McGough. Suspicious of Rooms without Music or Atmosphere. Text by Tom Breidenbach (New York: Cheim & Reid, 2013).

McDermott & McGough, No. 26 Sandymount Avenue. Edited by Gerald Matt and Sandra Huber. Interview by Gerald Matt (Nuremberg: Moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2011).

 

About Oscar Wilde

Richard Ellmann, Oscar Wilde. (London, Vintage Press, 1988).

Merlin Holland, Oscar Wilde: A Life in Letters. (New York, Carroll & Graf Publishers Inc, 2006). Matthew Sturgis, Oscar: A Life. (London, Head of Zeus, 2018).

Michèle Mendelssohn, Making Oscar Wilde. (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2018).

Neil McKenna, The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde. (London, Penguin Random House, 2003). Other

Peter Ackroyd, The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde (London, Hamish Hamilton, 1983). Colm Tóibín, Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce (New York, Viking, 2018). The Wildean and Intentions, two regular print journals issued by The Oscar Wilde Society

 

From our contributors

In print

Matt Cook, “London and the Culture of Homosexuality, 1885-1914”, Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, (Cambridge, Camberidge University Press, 2003).

Matt Cook; Robert Mills; Randolph Trumbach; H.G. Cocks, A Gay History of Britain: Love and Sex Between Men Since the Middle Ages (Oxford/Westport Connecticut: Greenwood World Publishing, 2007).

Sos Eltis, Revising Wilde: Society and Subversion in the Plays of Oscar Wilde (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1996).

Sos Eltis “Performance and Identity in the Plays of Oscar Wilde”, in Oscar Wilde (Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 2011).

Paul Flynn, Good As You: From Prejudice to Pride – 30 Years of Gay Britain (London, Ebury Press, 2017).

Philip Hoare, Wilde’s Last Stand: Decadence, Conspiracy and the First World War (New York, Duckworth/Arcade, 1997).

Dominic Janes, Oscar Wilde Prefigured: Queer Fashioning and British Caricature, 1750-1900 (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Dominic Janes, Visions of Queer Martyrdom from John Henry Newman to Derek Jarman (Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Huw Lemmey Red Tory: My Corbyn Chemsex Hell (London, Montez Press, 2019).

Robert Mills, Derek Jarman’s Medieval Modern (Suffolk, D.S.Brewer, 2018).

Luke Turner, Out of the Woods (London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2019).

 

Online

Chris Waters, Alan Turing, the Politics of Sexual Science, and the Making of a Gay Icon. Williams College, 6 November 2012.

Juliet Jacques, Justin Fashanu and the politics of memory, New Statesman, 2 May 2012.

Justin Bengry, Forgetting the Many: The Royal Pardon of Alan Turing, 2015.

John Nicolson, Public Eye: A Question of Consent, BBC, 29 May 1992.

John Nicolson, ‘Turing Bill’ speech to the House of Commons (Sexual Offences (Pardons Etc.) Bill 2016-17), 21 October 2016.

Sos Eltis, Oscar Wilde, University of Oxford Podcasts, 2013.

Unfinished Histories, Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company

Links to our partner networks, charities and community groups

Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT)

akt supports lgbtq+ young people in the UK experiencing homelessness or living in hostile environments to find safe homes, employment, education or training and to celebrate their identities in order to improve their life outcomes.

Afemmera

A community of cis and trans femme or femme–presenting women who love women.

The Bent Bars Project

A letter-writing project for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, gender-variant, intersex, and queer prisoners in Britain.

Brixton Umbrella Circle

Brixton Umbrella Circle is a group for older (50+) LGBTQ’s located in the Brixton area of London. It offers a forum for mutual support, socialising and discussing individual and collective experiences.

Clumsy Bodies

Clumsy Bodies are a LGBTQIA, disabled-led collective who work primarily in theatre, poetry, and film.

House of Rainbow

House of Rainbow (HOR) fosters relationships among Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer (LGBTIQ+) individuals, people of faith and allies in order to create a safer and a more inclusive community.

Kingston LGBT Forum

The forum runs regular social gatherings and events – from coffee to bowling, from walks to nights out – as well as a ‘buddying’ programme.

Opening Doors London

Opening Doors London is the biggest charity providing information and support services specifically for older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people in the UK.

Queerdirect

Queerdirect is an LGBTQI+ Artist support network, curatorial platform and arts programme. They hold regular events and curate exhibitions around London and provide queer artists with a platform and support.

Queercircle

QUEERCIRCLE are dedicated to supporting queer artists on a national and international level through exhibitions, events, mentorship programmes and grant schemes.

Radical Faeries of Albion

The Faeries of Albion are an ever-expanding collective network of lesbians, gay men, trans*, bisexuals, queer hetero people and anyone else in between, who come together to create vibrant, energetic and safe spaces to celebrate the spirituality in our sexuality.

The Gay Artists Group

The Gay Artists Group is a long–standing group of Clapham residents and professional artists meet regularly on Sundays to draw the male nude.

The Oscar Wilde Society

Founded in 1990, The Oscar Wilde Society is a literary society devoted to the congenial appreciation of Oscar Wilde. The society is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to promote knowledge, appreciation and study of Wilde’s life, personality, and works.

The Victoria & Albert Museum LGBTQ+ Working Group

The Victoria & Albert Museum’s LGBTQ Working Group is set out to unearth previously hidden or unknown LGBTQ histories from the museum’s collections and aims to facilitate understanding of LGBTQ identities and histories through research, events, discussion and debate.

Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum

Wandsworth LGBTQ+ Forum are a leading community group who campaign locally, across London and nationally to raise awareness and promote the interests of LGBTQ+ people. They were founded in response to the brutal murder of Jody Debrowski on Clapham Common in 2005.

Image credits

Installation views

McDermott and McGough, The Oscar Wilde Temple, 2018-19. Courtesy of the artists and Studio Voltaire. Photo: Francis Ware

Individual works

All coursesy of McDermott & McGough:

Oscar Wilde Altarpiece, 1917, MMXVII, 2017
The Martyrs series, 2017
Bruges Town Square, 1918, 2018
Cut Chinese Homosexual in Half, 1918, 2018
Vasco Nunz de Balboa setting his dogs upon indigenous homosexuals, 1918, 2018
C33 A Holy Family, 1918, 2018
A Friend of Dorothy, 1943, 1986. Collection of Jane Rosenblum, New York.
The Green Carnation, 2018
The Advent, 1932, 1987
Be Yourself, 2018
Helianthus annuus The Aesthetic movement, 2018
The Stations of Reading Gaol (I-XII), 1917, MMXVII
The Seven Deadly Sins, 1917, 2017
Queer, 1885, 1987. Collection of Jay Kaplowitz, New York
Burning One Man for Inversion, 1918, 2018
Hanging Homeric Man with Bed Scene, 1918, 2018
Burning Two Homerics, 1918, 2018
Man Being Burned to Death, 1918, 2018
Nun Cutting Rope of Dead Homeric, 1918, 2018
Jailed for Homoerotism, 1918, 2018
Jailed Homeric Lovers, 1918, 2018
Impaled Irish Homeric, 1918, 2018
Shameful End, 1918, 2018
Wounded Arrow, 1918, 2018
Crisis of Hate, 1918, 2018
Robert Hillsborough, 1918, 2018

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