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Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, 'Everything Is Folly In This World That Does Not Give Us Pleasure ’, 2021

CIRCA:
Do you have any memories of Piccadilly Circus?

HANNAH QUINLAN & ROSIE HASTINGS:
Late nights and bright lights seen through steamy bus windows and earlier memories of drawing the coca-cola advert for a primary school art project.

UK Gay Bar Directory (UKGBD), 2015–16

Originally presented at Somerset House as part of the UTOPIA 2016 season, the UK Gay Bar Directory is a moving image archive of gay bars in the UK by Rosie and Hannah. Shot over a period of nine months, the film documents over 100 gay bars across 14 cities.

Filmed using a discreet Go-Pro camera, the 4h30m film records the bars when they are empty, capturing each venue’s interior character and personality. Made in response to the rapid closures of LGBTQ venues the directory is intended both as an art work and a public resource, a blueprint of what queer space looks like and what it is lacking.

Gay bars serve as sites of visibility, safety and community; as they disappear, gay life retreats out of public space, with often disastrous consequences. The Directory captures a moment of change in queer history but also examines the broader consequences of more than a decade of austerity: the loss of public space and the dismantling of the state infrastructure.