With the national LGBT+ History Month upon us, once again Southwark’s contribution will be the Queer Arts exhibition and cabaret.

Curator for the art show is Philippa Punchard, retired teacher, artist and volunteer, while the organiser of the launch party cabaret is Alex Green, founder of ‘Loud and Queerly’.

The launch party and cabaret, like the exhibition, will be free. There will be drag acts, music and spoken word performances from people such as the award-winning comedian, Rosie Wilby (author of ‘Is Monogamy Dead?), the musician, artist and writer, Walki, Bee Ororo Wild, Antonis Sideras, Don Pepper and more.

After the party, the exhibition will be open every day from the 23rd until the 27th between midday and 6pm. The artists have been invited to produce work for this open art show along the themes of ‘Peace, Reconciliation and Activism’, with the idea of particularly celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village, New York and the 100 years since the end of the WWI. There will be a great variety of workroom artists that include, Federico Gallo, Simon Richardson, Esther Sealy and others. Most of the work will be for sale, which makes this a fine opportunity to buy excellent work.

The events are fully inclusive, providing a safe space for everyone and a chance for the wider population to appreciate the LGBT+ community.

All the activities will be at the Art Academy Gallery,155 Walworth Road, SE17 1RS.

Launch party and cabaret 22nd February at 7pm.

Art exhibition 23rd – 27th. Admission: Free.