Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity

An Arts Council Collection National Partners Exhibition - Coming Out tours to Birmingham from the Walker Art Gallery

A ground-breaking and vital exhibition which marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales (1967 Sexual Offences Act). 

In Birmingham, this major exhibition will feature over 80 modern and contemporary artworks by internationally renowned artists who explore themes of gender, sexuality and identity in art. Taking 1967 as a starting point, the exhibition will reveal new research into LGBT history and visual culture showcasing artworks from The Arts Council Collection, National Museums Liverpool and Birmingham’s collection.

Conceived by The Walker Art Gallery, and in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust, Coming Out will be reimagined for audiences in Birmingham. The exhibition includes art works by many well known artists.  Visitors will see works by Sarah Lucus, David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Grayson Perry, Francis Bacon, Linder, Derek Jarman, Tracey Emin. Steve McQueen, Gillian Wearing, Margaret Harrison, Chila Kumari Burman and Charlotte Prodger. 

The public launch of this exhibition will be on Saturday December 2nd where we will be partnering with Shout Festival and Birmingham LGBT for a series of specially commissioned performances and activities to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. Please check the website nearer the time for event listings. 

To keep up-to-date with the exhibition, read the Coming Out posts on the BMAG blog.

Find out more about Coming Out at the Walker Art Gallery


Exhibition credit

Coming Out is a touring exhibition conceived by National Museums Liverpool, in partnership with Birmingham Museums Trust as part of the Arts Council Collection National Partners Programme 2016-19.



Store to Tour is a new series of films produced to celebrate our National Partners Programme, which brings together four major galleries and museums to create collaborative exhibitions and events and providing a permanent home for ACC works between April 2016 and June 2019.

This film explores Anya Gallaccio’s can love remember the question and the answer (2003), a central work in Walker Art Gallery’s latest National Partners exhibition, Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender & Identity.

The film looks at the installation process behind this unusual work, as well as how it fits into the wider exhibition, and featuring Laura Rooney, the Liverpool-based florist, tasked with sourcing 60 red Gerbera flowers for Gallaccio’s work.

Explore this Exhibition

Putting Engagement Centre Stage

Angelica Vanasse, Education Manager, Arts Council Collection at the Walker Art Gallery explains how the Gallery worked to put engagement activity centre stage as part of their major National Partners exhibition.
Artist Profile: Anya Gallaccio

Charlotte Keenan McDonald, Curator of British Art at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, looks at the work of Collection artist Anya Gallaccio.

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