Love Happens Here

5 July to 28 July 2017

City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA

An exhibition celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

This exhibition recognises the historic struggle of the LGBTIQ movement and shares a range of perspectives on London’s LGBTIQ community and culture as it marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

The photographs span the decades since the milestone legislation was introduced, paving the way for the steady progression towards equality for the gay community within British law.

Documentation of early Pride marches are provided by Ian David Baker, who acted as an art editor and commissioner for various Gay magazines in the 1980’s. Reggie Blennerhassett’s snapshots from inside the Greater London Council’s Lesbian and Gay Centre allow a candid insight into the pioneering Labour funded space. At the time the centre was the largest single project any public body had financed for the lesbian and gay community.

Sunil Gupta‘s reflective collage project ‘Pretended’ Family Relationships mixes poetry, photographs of protest against Section 28 and portraits of couples in their London homes. Emily Rose England’s work is an ode to the currency of London’s vibrant club scene by a photographer who also organises Sassitude club night. Gender, sexuality identity and global politics are addressed through Anthony Luvera, Kate Elliott and Tania Olive’s studied portraiture of Londoners from the LGBTIQ community.

Curated by The Photographers’ Gallery for the Mayor of London.