TheirStories: Ashley Joiner in conversation with Bloolips
Intergenerational Conversations with London’s Queer Icons
TheirStories returns to The Library Lounge, with a very special edition presented in partnership with Queercircle, an LGBT+-led charity working at the intersection of arts, culture, and social action.
For this event, Ashley Joiner, Founder & Director of Queercircle, will be in conversation with radical groundbreaking drag troupe Bloolips. Formed in 1977 by Bette Bourne, alongside Lavinia Co-op, Gretel Feather, Precious Pearl and Diva Dan, with members closely associated with the Gay Liberation Front, they enjoyed a 20+ year career performing acclaimed shows across Europe, USA and Canada, leaving a legacy of inspiration for the drag performers of today. We are thrilled to welcome three original members of Bloolips for an afternoon of rich conversation in The Library Lounge, exploring their incredible story, and the intersection between queer performance and radical politics.
Sunday 24th October
Doors open 3.30pm
Event curated by Laurie Belgrave, Founder of The Chateau
Queercircle is an LGBTQ+-led charity working at the intersection of arts, culture, and social action founded in 2016 by Ashley Joiner. Since 2016, Queercircle has hosted exploratory workshops and events with artists, curators, writers and community organisers to develop a programme that is befitting to the needs and aspirations of the LGBTQ+ community. With the support of Greater London Authority and Outset's Studiomakers Initiative, they have secured an affordable five-year lease on a new site designed by award-winning David Kohn Architects. Set in the pioneering Design District in North Greenwich, the gallery, library and project spaces will enable Queercircle to action their groundbreaking community-focused programme of exhibition commissions, collaborative artists residencies, and year-long learning and participation opportunities. Their new home will provide a holistic environment that celebrates queer identity, champions arts and culture, and supports the wellbeing of our community. Looking to the future, Queercircle seeks to develop an ecology of artists, curators, writers, thinkers, community organisers, grassroots organisations, and charities who collectively work together to strengthen links between culture, health, and wellbeing.