Ryan Kearney is a curator and writer based in Nottingham, UK. Ryan’s on-going research centres on queer night-time spaces.


Print | A Map of Queer Brum, Nov 2019

Exhibition | If Memory Serves, Birmingham Hippodrome, Sep 2019

Workshop | Campania, an explanation and a history, Recent Activity, May 2019

Exhibition | The Club’s Conception (or How the Egg Was Cracked), Recent Activity, May 2019

Exhibition | Three Models for Change, Stryx Gallery, Jun 2018

Performance | Rainbow Flag/Trojan Horse, Recent Activity, Jun 2018

Exhibition | A Prelude, Centrala, May 2018

Screening | Queering the Archive, Recent Activity, Nov 2017


Artist Talk | Denzil Forrester, Nottingham Contemporary, Feb 2020 →

Keynote | Paul B. Preciado and Jack Halberstam, Nottingham Contemporary, Feb 2020 →

Artist Talk | Diane Simpson, Nottingham Contemporary, Feb 2020

Artists’ Film | The Otolith Group, Nottingham Contemporary, Nov 2019

Contemporary Conversation | Form and Frontier, Nottingham Contemporary, Nov 2019

Conference | Architectures of Education, Nottingham Contemporary, Nov 2019

Artists’ Film | Jarman Award Touring Programme 2019, Nottingham Contemporary, Oct 2019

Exhibition | From.Between.To, Gallerija Vartai, May 2019
Performance | Territorial Symphonies, Block Universe, 58th Venice Biennale, May 2019

Exhibition | From.Between.To, Parafin, Apr 2019 →  


Review | Love and Solidarity at Grand Union, this is tomorrow, Apr 2020

Text | Some Kinda Love, Celine Gallery, Oct 2019

Review | Ian Giles: Trojan Horse/Rainbow Flag, this is tomorrow

Exhibition Text | Indre Serpytyte: From.Between.To, Parafin and Galerija Varta, Apr 2020

Text | The ‘Gale Comes of Age, In The Pink, Grand Union and SHOUT Festival, Nov 2018

Review | The Oscar Wilde Temple at Studio Voltaire, this is tomorrow, Oct 2019

info [at] ryankearney.co.uk

Nov 2019
Commissioned by SHOUT Festival of Queer Arts and Culture and Birmingham Hippodrome

↑ Design by Daniel Royle

Queer histories rely on anecdotes passed from one generation to the next. These memories replace an absence of recorded narratives, and while oral-histories prove questionable, the role of space in shaping gender and sexual identity remains certain.

A Map of Queer Brum is a directory of Birmingham’s LGBTQ+ spaces from 1850 to present. It brings together personal and collective descriptions of sites including bars, clubs and public toilets in response to ongoing threats of regeneration.

In December 2018, Prosperity Developments applied for permission to demolish existing buildings and to construct a 116 apartment complex in the Gay Village. Further venues were implicated in the Rea Valley Urban Quarter Masterplan in May 2019, a residential development comprising over 5,000 new homes. These structures will lead to noise complaints, licensing restrictions and the closure of 13 community hubs.

The displacement of LGBTQ+ groups is not a recent phenomenon and Birmingham has a history of prioritising urban development over its communities. In the 1970s, the Inner Ring Road construction led to the closure of the city’s earliest queer spaces. Again in 2000, venues in proximity to the Bull Ring Centre were demolished for redevelopment. The recollections enclosed retrace histories of communal opposition, repeated iterations of clubs and pickets for women’s inclusion. A Map of Queer Brum echoes an ongoing need for support structures that can withstand the insecurity of space.

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