I’ll hopefully be at both of these, as well as interviewing Bird La Bird for The Sociological Review:
Queer Perspectives: A Queer Portrait of a Workhouse5 November 2015, 19:00Ondaatje Wing Theatre, National Portrait GalleryFreeJoin Queer Perspectives resident artist Sadie Lee as she introduces a special performance by Bird La Bird. Queer Perspectives is a quarterly happening where guests identifying at LGBTQ respond to the Gallery’s Collection.If you read the Gallery History section of the National Portrait Gallery website, you will learn that the gallery is built on the site of St Martin-in-the-Fields Workhouse, which existed from 1725 to 1871. Performer Bird la Bird connects artists and individuals portrayed in the gallery with the history of workhouses, including St Martin-in-the-Fields. She uncovers fascinating queer connections to workhouses, revealing how they became a site of queer Victorian scandal.A huge thanks to Dawn Hoskins and Zorian Clayton for allowing me to once again run amok in the V&A!An Armchair Tour of the ‘Queer People’s Knick Knack EmporiumSunday, 22 November 2015 14:00 to 15:30Lecture Theatre, Victoria & Albert Museum, Londonhttp://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/6258/an-armchair-tour-of-the-queer-peoples-knick-knack-emporium-1670338890/From the sumptuous Victorian surroundings of the V&A’s lecture theatre, performance artist Bird la Bird will take visitors on an ‘armchair tour’ through the museum’s seven miles of galleries and beyond. In her own imitable style, Bird will combine comedy, gossip, politics and insight, exploring the intersections between LGBT, class, and colonial history.Bird will include practical tips on how visitors can unearth hidden histories for themselves and ponder the nature of LGBT history while rifling through the V&A’s drawers.
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