Coming soon: Bonds / Ripples

29 May - 9 June 2024

Events

European Poetry Festival : Liverpool Camarade

6 July 2024

Events

Webinar: Socially Engaged Photography

22 May 2024

Exhibitions

JOURNEY TO EDEN @ DIGITAL WINDOW GALLERY

6 May - 12 May 2024

Past Events

MARRIAGE (IN)EQUALITY IN UKRAINE. Screening and a panel discussion

9 May 2024

Past Events

Casey Orr artist talk and SEPN North West meet-up

18 May 2024

Past Events

Poetry reading: Coast to Coast to Coast

11 May 2024

Exhibitions

National Pavilion of Ukraine @ Venice Biennale

20 April - 24 November 2024

Exhibitions

Open Source 28: Sam Patton – Room to Breathe @ Digital Window Gallery

10 April - 18 May 2024

Exhibitions

Forward, Together @ Wigan & Leigh Archives, Leigh Town Hall

23 March - 28 September 2024

Exhibitions

As She Likes It: Christine Beckett @ The Rainbow Tea Rooms, Chester

1 March - 30 June 2024

Exhibitions

Shifting Horizons @ Digital Window Gallery

27 March - 31 March 2024

PLATFORM: ISSUE 6

26 March 2024

Past Events

Saturday Town: Launch Event

10 April 2024

Exhibitions

Saturday Town

11 April - 19 May 2024

Past Events

PLATFORM: ZINE LAUNCH EVENT

21 March 2024

Home. Ukrainian Photography, UK Words: Tour

4 March - 28 February 2025

Exhibitions

Home: Ukrainian Photography, UK Words @ New Adelphi

4 March - 8 March 2024

Past Events

CREATIVE SOCIAL: IN THE ABSENCE OF FORMAL GROUND

2 March 2024

Exhibitions

We Feed The UK @ Exterior Walls

8 February - 31 March 2024

Past Events

Contrail Cirrus: the impact of aviation on climate change

7 March 2024

Exhibitions

Tree Story @ Liverpool ONE

16 February - 31 May 2024

Open Source #27: Saffron Lily – In The Absence of Formal Ground @ Digital Window Gallery

6 February - 31 March 2024

Past Events

Contemporary Photography from Ukraine: Symposium @University of Salford

4 March - 5 March 2024

Past Events

Is Anybody Listening? Symposium: Commissioning and Collecting Socially Engaged Photography

29 February 2024

Past Events

Different approaches: Artists working with scientists

15 February 2024

Past Events

LOOK Climate Lab 2024: All Events

18 January 2024

Exhibitions

Diesel & Dust @ Digital Window Gallery

18 January - 31 March 2024

Past Events

Tree Walks Of Sefton Park with Andrea Ku

21 January 2024

Past Events

Artists Remake the World by Vid Simoniti: Book Launch

31 January 2024

Past Events

Shift Liverpool Open Meeting

6 February 2024

Past Events

We Feed The UK Launch and LOOK Climate Lab 2024 Celebration

8 February 2024

Past Events

Cyanotype workshop with Melanie King

17 February 2024

Past Events

End of Empire: artist talk and discussion

22 February 2024

Past Events

Book Launch: What The Mine Gives, The Mine Takes

24 February 2024

Past Events

Local ecology in the post-industrial era: open discussion

14 March 2024

Past Events

Waterlands: creative writing workshop

23 March 2024

Past Events

Plant a seed. Seed sow and in conversation with Plot2Plate

16 March 2024

Past Events

Erosion: panel discussion

9 March 2024

Past Events

Waterlands: an evening of poetry and photographs

23 March 2024

Past Events

Force For Nature Exhibition

27 March - 28 March 2024

Voices of Nature: Interactive Performances

28 March 2024

Past Events

Sum of All Parts: Symposium

27 February 2024

Exhibitions Main Exhibition

LOOK Climate Lab 2024

18 January - 31 March 2024

Past Events

MA Socially engaged photography Open Day event

1 February 2023

Past Events

Tish: Special screening and Q&A

13 December 2023

Past Events

Book Launch: A Look At A New Perspective

23 November 2023

Past Events

Community workshops @ Ellesmere Port Library

6 November - 5 February 2024

Past Events

Book Launch: ‘544m’ By Kevin Crooks

30 November 2023

Past Exhibitions

Bernice Mulenga @ Open Eye Gallery Atrium Space

17 November - 17 December 2023

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As She Likes It: Christine Beckett @ The Rainbow Tea Rooms, Chester

1 March - 30 June 2024

Living in the city can offer a person anonymity; in it we can be unknown and left alone. This gives us licence to be who we want to be — a chance to reinvent our own story. The polar opposite is the village where everyone knows everybody else’s business; each knows who the other is, what the other likes, and what they think about each other. Manchester is one of the largest cities in Britain. It sprawls across the middle of the country expanding into nearby towns that lie around its perimeter. Pulled to its centre are all the diverse fragments that form new communities. Along the Rochdale canal in Manchester, a village evolved. The Canal Street gay village was a place where a person could be who they wanted to be, enjoy what they liked, and did not need to worry about what others thought.

In 2009, Christine Beckett was a visitor to this village. Beckett has been taking photographs since the early 1970s. Born in Brixton, London, she relocated to St Helens, Merseyside in 2012. It was in 2015 that Beckett’s friend, Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow, asked her to take photographs of a Drag King event in Manchester. Bernsmeier-Rullow, under the stage name ‘Slick Dick’, led a small group of drag kings called ‘The Boi Zone’. The initial photoshoot developed into a substantial project, and Slick Dick’s group took centre stage. Beckett’s book, titled ‘Drag Kings of Manchester’ was published in 2023. In her review of Beckett’s book on the Open Eye Gallery blog, Amy Sanders describes the photographs as an ‘historical artistic record of Manchester’s rich LGBTQ+ history.’

Ten photographs taken from the book ‘Drag Kings of Manchester’ are on display at Chester Pride’s Rainbow Tea Rooms. This exhibition space is situated at the centre of the small cathedral city of Chester. A very different environment to its regional neighbour, Chester is composed of several interlocking communities some of which operate as villages that have their own identities. It is between the gaps that newcomers have to find a place in this city that is not city-like. Neither anonymous or known the LGBTQ+ communities are visible defining who they are and what they like. 

The Rainbow Tea Rooms are situated at 28 Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1NQ. Opening hours: 9.30 am – 5 pm weekdays, 9 am – 6 pm Saturdays, 10 am – 5 pm Sundays.

The exhibition is curated by Stephen Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies, University of Chester.

Text: Stephen Clarke

Image: Christine Beckett

 

 

Living in the city can offer a person anonymity; in it we can be unknown and left alone. This gives us licence to be who we want to be — a chance to reinvent our own story. The polar opposite is the village where everyone knows everybody else’s business; each knows who the other is, what the other likes, and what they think about each other. Manchester is one of the largest cities in Britain. It sprawls across the middle of the country expanding into nearby towns that lie around its perimeter. Pulled to its centre are all the diverse fragments that form new communities. Along the Rochdale canal in Manchester, a village evolved. The Canal Street gay village was a place where a person could be who they wanted to be, enjoy what they liked, and did not need to worry about what others thought.

In 2009, Christine Beckett was a visitor to this village. Beckett has been taking photographs since the early 1970s. Born in Brixton, London, she relocated to St Helens, Merseyside in 2012. It was in 2015 that Beckett’s friend, Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow, asked her to take photographs of a Drag King event in Manchester. Bernsmeier-Rullow, under the stage name ‘Slick Dick’, led a small group of drag kings called ‘The Boi Zone’. The initial photoshoot developed into a substantial project, and Slick Dick’s group took centre stage. Beckett’s book, titled ‘Drag Kings of Manchester’ was published in 2023. In her review of Beckett’s book on the Open Eye Gallery blog, Amy Sanders describes the photographs as an ‘historical artistic record of Manchester’s rich LGBTQ+ history.’

Ten photographs taken from the book ‘Drag Kings of Manchester’ are on display at Chester Pride’s Rainbow Tea Rooms. This exhibition space is situated at the centre of the small cathedral city of Chester. A very different environment to its regional neighbour, Chester is composed of several interlocking communities some of which operate as villages that have their own identities. It is between the gaps that newcomers have to find a place in this city that is not city-like. Neither anonymous or known the LGBTQ+ communities are visible defining who they are and what they like. 

The Rainbow Tea Rooms are situated at 28 Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1NQ. Opening hours: 9.30 am – 5 pm weekdays, 9 am – 6 pm Saturdays, 10 am – 5 pm Sundays.

The exhibition is curated by Stephen Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies, University of Chester.

Text: Stephen Clarke

Image: Christine Beckett

 

 

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