In September 2021, I will be artist in residence at Chisenhale Studios in Mile End, London.
For my residency project, Sections, I will create a new spoken-word, solo, performance exploring any lasting psychological or behavioural impacts of anti-gay legislation in this country (such as Section 28; the differing ages of consent; and the inability to marry) on those who grew up subjected to them.
Collaging together my own recollections and reflections with those of others, along with excerpts of political speeches, legislative texts, and media reaction, the piece will be performed by myself within the studio space which, by then, will have become an immersive sketchbook of scribbled and scratched experiences and ideas.
Prior to the residency I am seeking input from anyone who was of school-age anytime between 1988 (the year 'Section 28' was introduced) and 2014 (the year gay marriage was permitted, granting equal legal rights for homosexual people in the UK for the first time). I am particularly interested in how we have faired since those foundational years, and your experiences of any long-term impacts on mental health, self-confidence, relationships, or learnt behaviours.
The aim here is to gather external voices, experiences and perspectives, that can be combined or contrasted with my own, in order to produce a more expanded, polyvocal response; multiple voices delivered as one.
Alternatively you go freestyle and e-mail me your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also DM me on Instagram @coombpaul
The deadline for contributions is Sunday 5th September 2021.
All contributions will be anonymous. If you wish to named you will be included as a contributor in the exhibition and all documenting materials.
I will be adding resource material to this page as the residency approaches to give some context to the project, and information for those new to this period of our history...