From July 2018 to March 2019 queer timɘs school, an art and citizenship project for all LGBTPQI adults, and their allies, over the age of 16, convened in various formats in Glasgow. Firstly, in a series of rolling, hour-long assemblies, participants were asked to share and/or listen to: examples of challenges experienced; the fights against exclusion and for rights and equality; organising campaigns and protests; grass-roots and community-led care and support systems; experiences of housing, the workplace, education and of law; scene histories and non-scene lifestyles; forms of friendship and ‘alternative’ families; meet-ups, hook-ups, coupling and splitting up; types of resistance including to being co-opted; and how LGBTPQI communities have co-organised. Secondly, in queer timɘs school prints, an exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, which explored aspects of LGBTPQI+A histories and experiences in Scotland from the past 50 years. The exhibition included education prints commissioned from 10 artists, a film programme, a changing display of archive material and a public programme.
queer timɘs school is an art and citizenship project commissioned by the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow from queer, socially-engaged artist Jason E. Bowman. It is about stepping-stones as much as about recognised milestones. It aims to recognise the important heritage of LGBTPQI+A people as organisers, campaigners, shape-shifters, change-makers and community-builders. In this seminar, Bowman will discuss the assemblies as well as the process of commissioning and the acquisition of the prints series as a permanent educational resource for Scotland and further afield.