Blushing Pavilion: An approach to engaging communities with queer archives
Vividero Colectivo artists and architect Sam Causer’s research focuses on the evolving role of the landscape and architecture of the English seaside – in the expression and repression of the body, gender and sexuality – with an emphasis on LGBTQ+ subjects. One outcome is Blushing Pavilion, a temporary intervention at a seafront shelter in Margate inspired by the town’s vibrant contribution to this aspect of the UK’s culture, featuring both historic archival material and contemporary artworks. In addition to an exhibition, a talk and film screening highlighted the relevance of this topic to Margate’s diverse communities.
This presentation will introduce Blushing Pavilion, its creative inception, production and learning outcomes, in terms of engaging community members with previously unexplored archival content. Importantly, it will reveal how Blushing Pavilion united both individuals and communities across boundaries through an innovative arts and heritage project, resulting in many longer-term impacts.
Carlos Maria Romero is a performance artist, pedagogue and curator. He is member of Vividero Colectivo, committed to the presentation of historically marginalised bodies and situations, as a type of political and cultural activism.
Sam Causer is an academic, architect and activist at Studio Sam Causer, Margate. Pre-occupied with the everyday and the intimate, his work begins with the human mind, its habits and expectations, beliefs and responsibilities.
Susan Potter has a background in cultural learning, with over 25 years’ experience of working with museums, galleries and arts organisations across the UK. She was independent research and evaluation consultant with HOME.
HOME in Cliftonville was a partnership project between Margate Arts Creativity Heritage (MACH) and Kent County Council (KCC), funded by Interreg as part of an Inter-regional Culture-led Regeneration (ICR) project, led by the University of Creative Arts. The HOME pilot project comprised seven new artist residencies and commissions taking place across Margate, Kent from July 2014 to March 2015. Positive outcomes for residents and visitors described in the evaluation included: increased social networks and sense of belonging; enhanced sense of community and civic pride; a greater awareness of Cliftonville’s rich cultural and architectural heritage.
Carlos, Sam and Susan will be speaking on day 1 of the conference