One in, One out: St Leonards’ Smallest Gay Bar

One in, One out: St Leonards’ Smallest Gay Bar

by Lucy Hayhoe
Saturday 11 June 2022
St Leonards Seafront (close to the Hastings & St Leonards Sailing Club)
1-7pm, Free

One in, One out: St Leonards’ Smallest Gay Bar is an exclusive club featuring all the camp, glitz, glamour and dodgy disco lighting you’d expect, but this time it’s all for you!

There’s a welcome familiarity to be found in the bright lights and sticky floors of the gay bar; spaces which were often created as a rejection of queer isolation. But as the needs of the queer community change, and we grow more aware of intersecting identities – is the gay bar part of the future of queer space?

One in One out is experienced one at a time, so put your glad-drags back on and get those dance moves ready, because the floor is all yours. Come down, and take part.

“With queer spaces shrinking at a dramatic rate, artist Lucy Hayhoe’s installation invites you on a night out for one and asks: what makes a place gay?” Kate Wyver The Guardian

One in, One out is inspired by the continuing threat to LGBTQIA+ nightlife spaces and debates around access to these venues. ‘It explores nostalgia for lost LGBTQIA+ scenes, the consumption of queer space as novelty and what it means to be queer and alone.

Part of the Knotty Festival of Perfomance, a weekend of bold and joyful performances on the streets of Hastings and St Leonards.

Originally commissioned by Compass Festival, Leeds and developed with support from Broccoli and Arts Council England Lottery funding.

Image credit: Lizzie Coombes

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