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Hastings Contemporary were excited to host two unique, sold out performance events earlier this year, in our gallery spaces:

Bird la Bird’s Travelling Queer People’s History Show

  • We were delighted to welcome performance artist Bird la Bird to the gallery to celebrate LGBT History Month by showcasing hidden histories beneath some of the UK’s best known art museums- a revolutionary exploration of the deep queer past bursting with information, insight and laughter. For the past six years Bird has been creating hugely popular queer history tours and events for some of Britain’s top museums and galleries and we look forward to welcoming her back with her Turning the Tables performance lecture which explores Thomas Carlyle, Victorian polymath, founder of the National Portrait Gallery and arch racist. Carlyle’s portrait was attacked with a meat cleaver in 1914 by suffragette Margaret Gibb. He lived in Hastings in the late 1800s.

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Nando Messias – The (Almost) Pink Supper

  • Hastings’ first Knotty Festival of Performance Art took place this June, with performance artist Nando Messias bringing his intimate performance piece The (Almost) Pink Supper to Hastings Contemporary, perfectly situated amidst John Carter’s serene artworks in a ground floor gallery space. Taking the form of a dinner party, the performance encouraged contemplation of the countries around the world where LGBTQI+ rights are under threat, with Nando’s native country Brazil remaining the number one country for trans murders.

“When I lived there, I myself experienced abuse daily and know well what effects it can have on one’s life. It almost cost me mine. That may seem incredible, but it’s true. In order to survive, I had to leave the country. But what of those who cannot afford to? Or those more courageous or resilient than myself, who resist the system while refusing to leave? The Pink Supper is dedicated to them.” Nando Messias. Commissioned by LADA and the Library of Performing Rights.

This performance was part of the 2019 Knotty Festival – watch this space for future performances and events in partnership with fellow Hastings NPO, Home Live Art.

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