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Out on an Island – An Untold Heritage

Sat 17 July, 2021 @ Sat 17 July

Saturday 19th June – Saturday 17th July

Out On An Island – An Untold Heritage

19th Jun – 17th Jul 2021

Out On An Island is the first ever exhibition entirely dedicated to LGBTQ+ Heritage on the Isle of Wight. It is run by StoneCrabs Theatre and Arts Charity www.stonecrabs.co.uk.

Listen to oral histories from local LGBTQ+ individuals of all ages gaining a new perspective of the Isle of Wight’s past. Mindful that it is only 54 years since homosexuality was partially decriminalised in the UK, the project celebrates same-sex love, desire and gender diversity and the challenges of being LGBTQ+ here on the Island. Recordings have captured harrowing accounts of how people have dealt with change, externally due to Politics and the law, and internal personal struggles as people strive to be their authentic selves. They are uplifting, inspiring and soul-searching journeys from those who found acceptance and true happiness here.

The exhibition features an enlightening film documentary, “Our Stories Matter” shining a light on heritage locations you will recognise and looking at the notable LGBTQ people connected with them. Photographer Jon Habens’ portraits skilfully reflect local people and the oral histories they shared with us, and artwork by commissioned Island artists Karl Stedman and Sydney Cardew show a unique response to the project. Noteworthy memorabilia collected by the curating team features the Sailing and Cruising Association, WightOut newsletters and IW Pride.

A project by StoneCrabs, supported by: National Lottery Heritage Fund


Clayden Gallery
Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm