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24 November 2021 – 9 January 2022

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Queer Portraits of Rochdale

With generous support from the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network, Touchstones worked with Manchester-based queer photographer Lee Price and LGBTQ+ people in the Borough of Rochdale to capture portraits of queer identities. Over the past few months we have met with local people from the LGBTQ+ community to offer wider representation and visibility of these communities.

Price’s work focuses on the sociological and politically influenced attitudes to gender and sexuality amongst the public and the media. He states: “I like to pose questions and provoke reactions within my work, hopefully raising debate surrounding issues I feel ought to be addressed for one reason or another.”

Photographing each sitter in their own home, we worked with them to reflect on their own identity and background, providing us with an insight into their individuality and place. This exhibition celebrates the diversity of LGBTQ+ people in Rochdale and is the beginning of our journey to represent this important community.

In addition to the work displayed in this space you will also find works from the Borough’s collections in Gallery Two (upstairs) with LGBTQ+ narratives. You can find them labelled with a progress flag. This is part of an ongoing project to reveal LGBTQ+ stories and connections within the collections.

Supported by a Progress Bursary from the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network, an LGBT Foundation project, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

This project is also part of Rochdale in Rainbows 2021.