The Queer Ancestors Project

Queer Ancestors ProjectArtist and printmaker Katie Gilmartin writes about The Queer Ancestors Project: ‘[it] is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between LGBTQI people and our ancestors. Using history as a linchpin, we build community by providing young Queer adults (age 18 to 26) and (occasionally) senior adults (50+) free interdisciplinary workshops in printmaking, writing, and Queer history. Public exhibitions and readings of their work provide a window on the past through which the larger community can glimpse our collective future.’

The workshops are taking place from January through April 2015 at Chrysalis Studio, SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, USA.

In the video below (which was made a couple of years ago) art teacher Katie Gilmartin. At her website you can see galleries with works by the students of her printmaking classes in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Video by SOMarts, 2012.

San Francisco: ‘Queer Ancestors’, a Printmaking Workshop

Excerpt from Queer Cultural Center – December Newsletter, 2014

Call for ApplicationsQueer Ancestors Project
December 8th, 5pm

Queer Ancestors Project
Free workshop exploring queer ancestors & linocut printmaking for queer and trans* artists ages 18-26

Supplies included
Exhibition at SF LGBT Center
Workshop taught by printmaker Katie Gilmartin

Meets January 5-April 27
at Chrysalis Studio, SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., SF

Get info here: Queer Ancestors Project at facebook

The Last Bastion: A Conversation on Feminist and Queer Museum Politics

The above video is Dr. Amelia Jones‘ talk about queer and feminist art since the early 1970′s at The Last Bastion: A Conversation on Feminist and Queer Museum Politics. An event featuring Dr. Amelia Jones and Dr. Jonathan D. Katz, two of the world’s leading queer art historians held on June 30, 2014 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

The Unstraight Museum Celebrates Pride in Sweden

Press Release by The Unstraight Museum


Come celebrate an unstraight Pride together with us at The Unstraight Museum. We invite you to a talk with gay police from Russia and a talk about queering the world of museums. We also want your best advice on how to break down the heteronormative storytelling. A warm welcome to you all!

Talk With Russian Gay Police

Thursday 31th July 12.00-12.45, Hörsalen, PrideHouse, [Stockholm]

During the Queer Festival in Saint Petersburg 2013 The Unstraight Museum arranged a talk with Swedish and Russian gay police. They discussed their experiences of being police and gay in their different countries. This year we take the discussion further, in Stockholm.
Participanats: Carin Götblad (National Coordinator against violence in close relations), Göran Stanton (Föreningen för Gaypoliser i Sverige, organization for gay police in Sweden), russian gay polices and representatives from Coming Out (Saint Petersburg LGBT organization). Moderator: Annelie Svensson (RFSL Brottsofferjour, LGBTQ standby for crime victim). The talk is presented in cooperation with Föreningen för Gaypoliser i Sverige and The Swedish Institut.

Queering The Museum

Thursday 31th July 17.00-17.45, Plattanscenen, Pride House, [Stockholm]

Which future do we want for our museums? How do we want the museums to tell the lgbtqi stories and what do we really want the museums to do? Zorian Clayton is Assistant Curator at Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Clayton talks about how the lgbtqi-network at Victoria & Albert Museum, which has tried to create diversity among their visitors as well as their collections through a broad selection of creative events. The talk is presented together with The Swedish Museum of History.


– How Do We Break Down The Heteronormative Storytelling?

Friday 1st August 17:00–17:45, Bandler, Pride House, [Stockholm]

There are different ways of looking at and telling the history. The Swedish Museum of History is a publicly owned museum with great collections of archeological objects and medieval art. The museums mission is to work for, and together with, all citizens with diversity and democracy, but many stories are missing. How can the museum question heteronormativity in stories from the past? How should the voices of lgbtqi persons be heard at the museum? We need your help!
Participants: Lena Heijl (The Swedish Museum of History), Ulf Petersson (The Unstraight Museum). Moderator: Anna Furumark (Att störa homogenitet/The Swedish Museum of History). The debate is presented in cooperation with The Swedish Museum of History.