Installation view. In My Room, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings. Courtesy of Focal Point Gallery and the artists, 2020 © Anna Lukala

In My Room, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Humber Street Gallery

Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings’ first institutional exhibition develops the artists’ study of politics, histories and aesthetics of queer spaces and culture.

“In My Room”, a new film, highlights the impact of gentrification upon the city and its gay communities, whilst also exploring the relationship between masculinity, capitalism and power. Wall rubbings of the stone relief that fronted the recently closed Bar Jester in Birmingham’s gay village are also presented as unique works on paper.

A major fresco painting depicts a high street populated by pedestrians, which considers the role urban architecture plays in the formation of identities.

Commissioned by Focal Point Gallery, In My Room is presented in partnership with MOSTYN and Humber Street Gallery.

In My Room: Hull Queer Space Stories

In response to In My Room we launched a new community outreach and digital campaign, collecting LGBTQI+ stories through the human history of Hull’s queer club and bar spaces.

Bars such as Silhouettes, Polar Bear, Yorkshireman and Frankie’s Vauxhall Tavern may be gone, but the lived histories of LGBTQI+ life in these spaces lives on in the memories of the clientele, the owners, their families, the bar staff, the drag queens, and performers. As we progress towards a greater sense of LGBTQI+ acceptance, how has the landscape of queer space adapted to new challenges and austerity? We asked what has been gained? What has been lost? And who is fighting to preserve our queer heritage?

We worked with local artist in the LGBTQI+ community Kerrie Marsh to transform the stories and contributions into a creative piece of work that you can look at and listen to below:

Rainbow Brick Road

Let Kerrie Marsh take you on a journey through this colourful publication.

You can also listen to it on Soundcloud.

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Humber Street Gallery has wheelchair access and lifts, as well as baby changing facilities.

Gallery Café furniture has been organised to allow for social distancing of 2m where possible. Please observe social distancing when visiting.

Hand sanitiser is provided on entry to all spaces, at the bar and toilets.

Frequent cleaning and disinfecting takes place in this venue, especially high-touch areas and toilets.

If you are showing signs of  or have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend.


Thursday 1 July – Sunday 12 September


Wed-Sun – 10am-5pm


Humber Street Gallery, 64 Humber St, Hull, HU1 1TU

Booking required