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

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 are launching a new community outreach and digital campaign which aims to collect LGBTQI+ stories through the human history of Hull’s queer club and bar spaces.

Bars such as Silhouettes, Polar Bear, Yorkshireman and Frankie’s Vauxhaull 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 ask what has been gained? What has been lost? And who is fighting to preserve our queer heritage?

We will be working with a local artist involved with the LGBTQI+ community to transform the stories and contributions into a creative piece of work that may take the form of a digital publication, piece of writing or illustrated artwork.

We are accepting material in any form, which includes but is not limited to writing, photographs, audio, and drawings. To contribute, you can submit:

  • Digitally by contacting;
  • By post to Creative Programming Team, Humber Street Gallery, 64 Humber Street, Hull, HU1 1TU;
  • By recorded interview with a member of our team, volunteers or the commissioned artist.

Deadline for submission is 13 June.

Please be aware that information shared with us will potentially be presented to the public in some form. Also be aware that not all stories will feature in the final publication.  

Humber Street Gallery and its partners understand the deeply personal value of the stories submitted and will handle all information sensitively. We welcome and respect the privacy of individuals who wish to remain anonymous. We will ask submissions to respect any third parties who wish to remain anonymous for any reason, or clearly state if information relating to said persons be kept out of the publication. If there is uncertainty surrounding a person’s status or circumstances, these stories will be included without declaring their identity. 



1 July – 12 September 2021

Space 1, Humber Street Gallery

FREE, no booking required

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