Bournemouth’s Russel-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum has launched a new exhibition that is commemorating the 50-year anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England. The exhibition is called Refracted: Collection Highlights and has been co-curated by members of local LGBT+ communities.
The launch was celebrated with a 60s-themed party for all the volunteers that had helped with the realisation of the project. The exposition was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, recognising the significance of the project. The exhibition aims to mark the change in social and cultural attitudes towards homosexuality and to celebrate the LGBT+ community through the works of art.
The exhibition is divided in several sections that are designed after the colours of the Rainbow Flag, reflecting their meaning. The Rainbow Flag has been a symbol for the LGBT+ community since the 1970s and covers the themes of sexuality (pink), life (red), healing (orange), sunlight (yellow), nature (green), magic and art (turquoise), harmony (blue) and spirit (purple).
The pieces were selected on accounts of various reasons; certain paintings and works address the ordeals of people from the LGBT+ community before the decriminalisation was established. Other works were chosen for their exuberance or relevance to the colours of the rainbow flag, whilst others were based on personal preference or relation to the museum itself.
The exhibition will also include a varied programme of events which will run throughout the duration of the exhibition and in relation to the Bournemouth Pride Weekend in July.
The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is situated on the East Cliff in Bournemouth and ticket prices are £6 for adults and £4 for students.
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