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Disability History Month

Key details


  • 6pm – 8:30pm


  • Battersea


  • Free

Who could attend

  • Everyone


  • Lecture

A collaborative event coordinated by the RCA's Disabled Students' Network and Queer Society, programmed for Disability History Month.

This event will take place in the Gorvy Lecture Theatre at RCA Battersea.

We are delighted to be joined by Professor Richard Sandell, Co-Director of the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG), as well as George Parker, the current Queer & Disabled Artist of the Year! We couldn’t imagine better speakers to lead this first collaboration between RCA’s Queer Society and Disabled Students Network. They will each deliver a short talk, which will be followed by a panel discussion and a Q&A. Central themes include hidden histories of queer disability cultures and the consideration of how queer, disability and arts activisms can help each other.

Richard will draw on a suite of recent collaborative research projects in RCMG that enhance the visibility of disabled and queer heritage, while directly tackling transphobia, homophobia and ableism. Also, Richard will reflect on his often collaborative practice, such as co-editing the book Museum Activism (2019) and working with Black queer artists in partnership with organisations like English Heritage and the National Trust.

George will talk about some of their incredible arts projects, including their drag artistry, the Rebel Riot Poetry nights they co-host, and the queer disabled co-operative they co-founded, called Queer Stage Revolution. They will also discuss their own writing and curation, such as the Cabaret of Curiosities show they produced and the Twisted Roots novel they published.

This event will have a British Sign Language Interpreter.