Lecture by Holly Hughes

We are pleased to announce that the acclaimed artist and scholar Holly Hughes will be IHSS Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Sexual Cultures Research Group at SED in from 20-30 March 2020.

Professor Hughes will present a public lecture on the evening of 26 March, which I hope you can attend. The lecture is entitled “INDELIBLE: Performing Feminism in the Age of Trump“.

Date:                    Thursday 26 March 2020
Time:                   18.00-20.00
Venue:                 PP2 Lecture Theatre in the People’s Palace (next to the Queen’s Building) on Mile End Road

Booking:            Click here to visit the Eventbrite page

FREE. All welcome.

Holly Hughes is a Professor in the School of Art and Design and Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning performance artist, playwright and performance scholar whose work maps the troubled faultlines of North American identity. Her combination of poetic imagery and political satire has earned her extensive critical attention since the 1980s, especially since her controversial role at the heart of the US ‘culture wars’ of the early 1990s, when she became known as one of the ‘NEA Four’ (with Karen Finley, Tim Miller and John Fleck) after the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) rescinded on an offer of an arts grant in 1990 on account of pressure from conservative political and religious lobbyists. The ensuing scandal (involving a landmark court case against the NEA in 1993) raised the profile of critical debates surrounding the feminist ‘Sex Wars’, HIV/AIDS, free speech and the rise of neoconservatism.

Hughes has performed at venues across the US and Canada, Europe and Australia including the Walker Art Center, the Wexner Center, the Guggenheim Museum, the Yale Repertory, London’s Drill Hall, and numerous universities. She is the author of Clit Notes: A Sapphic Sampler (1996); and she is the co-editor of O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance (with David Román, 1998), Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years of the WOW Café (with Carmelita Tropicana, 2015) and Animal Acts: Performing Species Today (with Una Chaudhuri, 2014). Hughes has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others.

Holly Hughes

Photo by Lisa Guido

An Evening with Sheree Rose (SexCult x LADA)

The Live Art Development Agency  (LADA) and the Sexual Cultures Research Group at Queen Mary (aka SexCult) are delighted to present an evening  with the legendary performance artist, photographer and dominatrix Sheree Rose (US).

Rose is a pioneering body artist who became infamous during the 1980s as an artist and dominatrix for her collaborations with partner Bob Flanagan. Together they explored illness, love, death and pain for sixteen years until his death from cystic fibrosis in 1996. Their collaborative performances, photographic works, videos and installations are well known for their physical and emotional extremity.

In more recent years, Sheree Rose has made a number of collaborative performances with Martin O’Brien, an artist whose work draws upon his own experience of cystic fibrosis, and whose practice explores what it means – politically and philosophically – to be born with a life-shortening disease.

The evening features Sheree Rose in conversation with Martin O’Brien (QMUL SED), and hosted by Dominic Johnson (SexCult).

When: 2 April 2020, 7pm—9pm
Where: Live Art Development Agency, The Garrett Centre, 117A Mansford Street, London, E2 6LX
Booking: Free to attend, but booking is essential

An Evening with Sheree Rose is co-sponsored with the Sexual Cultures Research Group (aka SexCult) in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London. Supported by generous funding from the SED Strategic Research Initiative.


About LADA
The Live Art Development Agency is a ‘Centre for Live Art’: a knowledge centre, a production centre for programmes and publications, a research centre setting artists and ideas in motion, and an online centre for digital experimentation, representation and dissemination.

We support contemporary culture’s most radical and inventive artists, practices and ideas. We champion new ways of working, legitimise unclassifiable artforms, record untold histories, and give agency to underrepresented artists. We believe in Live Art as a means to challenge the status quo and initiate meaningful social change.

LADA’s space is wheelchair accessible and has gender inclusive bathrooms. LADA welcomes parents to attend with children, and humans to attend with companion species. We operate a policy of reasonable adjustment with regard to access requirements. Please get in touch with us to discuss this.


Saleem Haddad with Nadia Atia


Novelist and filmmaker Saleem Haddad in conversation with Dr. Nadia Atia

Tuesday 12 November 2019

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM GMT (Add to Calendar)

QMUL ArtsOne Lecture Theatre
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS (View Map)

Free. All welcome. Booking essential.

Saleem Haddad was born in Kuwait City to an Iraqi-German mother and a Palestinian-Lebanese father. His first novel, Guapa, published in 2016, was awarded a Stonewall Honour and won the 2017 Polari First Book Prize. His short stories have been published in a number of anthologies, including most recently in the Palestinian science fiction anthology “Palestine +100”. Haddad was also selected as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers of 2016 by Foreign Policy Magazine. His directorial debut, Marco, premiered in March 2019 and was nominated for the Iris Prize for Best British Short. He is currently based in Lisbon.

Saleem will be in conversation with Nadia Atia (QMUL). There will be an opportunity to buy copies of Guapa, which Saleem is happy to sign on the day.

Artist Talk by CASSILS

Artist Talk

Tuesday 1 October, 6pm.

Part of the Sexual Cultures Research Group series of public events in the School of English and Drama
Queen Mary University of London

The event is FREE to attend but booking is essential. All welcome.

The lecture takes place in ArtsOne Lecture Theatre, which is located in the ArtsOne Building in the Mile End Campus of Queen Mary University of London. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception with the artist.

Kindly supported by Wellcome Collection and Queen Mary. In association with the launch of Being Human, a new permanent exhibition of art about trust, identity and health at Wellcome Collection, London.

CASSILS is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. Listed by the Huffington Post as “one of ten transgender artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary art,” Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, and gay male aesthetics, Cassils forges a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performative purposes. It is with sweat, blood and sinew that Cassils constructs a visual critique around ideologies and histories. http://cassils.net/ 

Caption: Cassils, Alchemized, 2017. 30 x 30 inches, Plexi Face Mount. Photo (c) Cassils with Robin Black