Queer(ing) Home and Belonging: new exhibition at Ledward Centre presents artworks created by Sussex-based LGBTQ+ migrants

Graham Robson November 2, 2023

What are the experiences of migration and settlement of migrants who belong to the LGBTQ+ community and who have decided to make Sussex their home? And what are their thoughts about home and belonging?

A new exhibition at the Ledward Centre in Brighton presents the artwork created by Sussex-based migrants who belong to the LGBTQ+ community. They were asked to visualise where and what home is; who is part of it; and the obstacles they have faced in their migration journey to make a home in Sussex.

Curated collaboratively by Dr Sarah Scuzzarello (University of Sussex) and Dr Gil Mualem¬†Doron (Socially Engaged Art Salon – SEAS CIC), the exhibition wants to bring further¬†nuances to how this group of migrants strive to create a ‘good’ life in the UK ‚Äď one that¬†provides sufficient recognition for their gender and sexual identities, while confronted by¬†racist, sexist and homophobic prejudice.

The result is art pieces that illustrate the participants’ experiences of walking on the tightrope between belonging and exclusion, safety and vulnerability, home and away.

This exhibition is part of a larger project, led by Dr Scuzzarello and funded by the University of Sussex on experiences of migration and settlement of LGBTQ+ migrants to the UK.

The exhibition is free to enter and is at the Ledward Centre, 14a Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE till November 23, after which it will be shown online.