Making Out 67-17 is an exhibition at Solent Showcase featuring designs from LGBTIQ artists from the past 50 years. The exhibition not only celebrates the contributions these artists have made to the world of design, but it also celebrates the UK's 50th anniversary of the Repeal of Sexual Offences Act. Making Out 67-17 has been curated by Steve Lannin, a senior lecturer in Graphic Design at the university. It runs from November 3rd 2017 till January 6th 2018.
While the exhibition is a celebration of LGBTIQ artists, this is not the theme of every exhibit. Some works definitely explore sexuality, but on the whole the exhibition is an eclectic mix of formats, styles and themes. They range from ornate objects like a gold Alexander McQueen clutch featuring a skull motif and McQueen's famous knuckleduster clasp, to a simple postage stamp - the US Postal Service's LOVE stamp originally designed by Robert Indiana in 1965.
Other featured artists include Holly Johnson, Keith Harding, Derek Jarman, Maggi Hambling, Eileen Gray, Chip Kidd, Fantastic Man, Phillip Johnson, Emmanuel Cooper, Jop van Bennekom, Matt Smith, Angus Suttie, Kyle Bean, Blackpop, Alex Butenko, Lee Dalgleish, Marianne Straub and Adam Lane.
The works range from breathtaking to thought provoking and would make a worthwhile exhibit even without the history making event that it celebrates, but this celebration makes the exhibition even better. The act is significant in that it decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over 21. It may seem like common sense today, but it is just one example of necessary steps that have helped lessen discrimination and promote equality and human rights for the LGBTI community. With countries like Australia only just legalising same-sex marriages, it's a sure sign that exhibitions like this celebrating the achievements of LGBTIQ artists and positive movements in the community are more relevant than ever.
For an introduction to the exhibition you can watch this video on the Solent Showcase Facebook page, but even better go take a look yourself.
The exhibition runs from November 3rd till January 6th and is open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Saturday. The Solent Showcase gallery is located in the University's Sir James Matthew's Building on Guildhall Square.