Queer Living: Wanna Get In My Drawers?
Performance maker and curator Beth Steventon-Crinks (she/they) invites audiences into the intimate space of a Queer bedroom for Flatpack 2023, asking everyone to consider the question ‘What do we want from Queer living in the future?’
For Flatpack Beth will fill an apartment at the Birmingham Rotunda with bedside tables from Queer people across the city as part of the installation and screening Queer Living: Wanna Get In My Drawers? The event has now sold out, but if you weren’t fast enough to bag yourself a ticket, there are still plenty of ways to get involved with this amazing project.
Donate your t-shirts
As well as bedside tables, the installation will include a wardrobe full of t-shirts. You can find out a lot about a person from their bedside tables, and t-shirts can be similarly illuminating (as explored by Professor Eric Gonzaba, who has documented thousands of t-shirts tracing Queer history, humour and activism in the US and beyond).
We're looking for Queer people living in Birmingham who would be up for temporarily (or permanently!) donating their t-shirts to be part of the installation for the weekend of Flatpack Festival (20-21 May 2023). Donations can be dropped off from Monday 15 - Wednesday 17 May at the Custard Factory reception, Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA.
Please put all donations in a bag or envelope clearly marked for Flatpack Projects, and include the following information in an envelope with your donation:
- Your name and contact details
- Some notes about your donated t-shirt (did it belong to your ex, where do you wear it etc.?)
- Whether you would like to have the t-shirt back or whether you are happy to add it to the archive Beth is creating
If you're attending House of Ghosts: Dorothy & Arena + Q&A on Friday 19 May, Beth will also be around collecting donations before the screening.
Share your thoughts
This event is the start of a longer term exploration into what Queer living looked like in the past, and what we want for Queer living in the future. When it comes to imagining the future, we want to hear from you. What's your hope for Queer Living in the future?
Leave your answer via our online form: Queer Living Typeform
You can also leave your email address via the form above to receive updates about the future of this project.