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Never Going Underground - Community Exhibition opportunities

22 Jul 2016 - 09:54 by michelle.foster

The People’s History Museum is currently working on an exciting community-led project to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised homosexual acts. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Never Going Underground: The fight for LGBT+ rights will focus on the fight for equality for those identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* and other gender and sexuality minorities (LGBT+). The project will include a major programme of events including a landmark exhibition to open in February 2017 developed by a team of Community Curators.

In addition, The People’s History Museum will host a series of community exhibitions that will complement the themes and ideas of Never Going Underground. Two slots are available for exhibitions that focus on LGBT+ history, contemporary issues, or which feature LGBT+ artists. Proposals are invited from organisations, community groups and individuals who wish to show short-term high-quality exhibitions.

The dates and spaces available are:
• Saturday 28 January – Sunday 9 April 2017 – Gallery Two changing display area
• Saturday 24 June 2017 – Sunday 3 September 2017 – Community Gallery, Engine Hall

As well as the space The People’s History Museum will also provide a range of support including: curatorial advice, marketing assistance, technical assistance and a variety of display boards, stands and cases to aid display.

For groups or individuals who wish to exhibit who have no external funding, The People’s History Museum have a small budget of up to £500 per exhibition slot for production costs.

Anyone can apply to exhibit whether you are an individual, a group or an organisation. Applications must meet the criteria set out in the Community Gallery Information sheet and will be assessed on the following criteria:
• Relevance – exhibitions will complement the themes and ideas of Never Going Underground and will focus on LGBT+ history, contemporary issues or feature LGBT+ artists.
• Audience – exhibitions allow working people and disenfranchised groups a chance to tell and examine their history, encouraging wide access, increasing visitor numbers and raising the museum profile, creating new audiences. Outline your target audience for the exhibition.
• Quality – exhibitions will be high quality. All applications that meet the criteria will be assessed by a panel of PHM staff and community representatives. Be clear, concise and write in plain English.

For further information and to apply, visit: www.phm.org.uk/about-us/exhibition-opportunities/never-going-underground-the-fight-for-lgbt-rights/, or contact Catherine O’Donnell, on 0161 838 9190 or email: nevergoingunderground@phm.org.uk

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 31 August 2016

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