Truth or Dare!

We are delighted to announce a collaborative project with Southampton Solent University whom will be programming a series of exhibitions at the Bargate Monument Gallery across the first half of 2011.

Truth or dare!

At the Bargate Monument Gallery

PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 10th February 2011 18:00 – 21:00

Open to the public:

Friday 11/02/11 until Sunday 27/02/11

Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm    |     Saturday – Sunday, 12pm – 5pm

In celebration of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month 2011 (LGBT), Southampton Solent University is proud to present ‘Truth or Dare!’.

The community-based collaborative project aims to present a truthful and accurate 21st century representation of Southampton’s LGBT community; giving a voice to individuals through the retelling of memory, anecdotes and everyday experience.

The exhibition will present text-based, sculptural and photographic works in an attempt to celebrate difference and to promote inclusion, collaboration and acceptance. Alongside full-length portraits and snippets of personal narrative, participants have been invited to donate objects that represent aspects of their gendered selves. Far from following a traditional exhibition format, this show challenges common conceptions of what it means to live in an omnisexual world.

On the Solent University Campus

As part of its Equality Scheme events programme, the University offers a series of classic and contemporary movies that explore what it means to be different in a diverse world. The free cinema showings begin on Wednesday February 2nd with Hilary Swank’s classic Boys Don’t Cry. The story of Harvey Milk – Milk follows on Wednesday February 9th. Imagine me and you will be shown on Wednesday February 16th and the final showing is on Wednesday February 23rd – I love you Phillip Morris.

Each film begins at 6:30pm and free popcorn and soft drinks will be provided.

For further information about the exhibition email andrew.markham@Solent.ac.uk or call 023 80 319752.

To book a place at the FREE film showings email events@solent.ac.uk or telephone Rebekah Donawa 023 8031 9630.

Curated by Andrew Markham  |   Photography by Chris Overend   |    Vinyl text design by Phillip Long

“I wish for the day that any transgender person can walk down any street and not be in fear of reprisal in the general community.”

“We’re not just about the expression of our sexual and emotional desires.”

“The compliments I receive are at times overwhelming and particularly from the women who tend to commend you for making the effort to look so natural.”

“I remember trying to chat-up a guy that I liked the look of and experiencing my first knock-back, but he was a gentleman about it.”

“Families need to be aware that not everyone is the person they see at birth. Over time they need to be loved, assisted and respected.”

“My mum asked how I knew I was gay. I asked how she knew she wasn’t and she said that she just knew. I simply said that’s the answer…I just know.”

“Seeing such a mix of sexuality with no one excluded feels to me like how regular life should be.”

“One day it would be nice to hold hands with my partner wherever we are and not fear being harassed.”