One in, One Out: Leeds' Smallest Gay Bar (Photo: Lizzie Coombes)

Lucy Hayhoe

One in, One out:
Leeds' Smallest Gay Bar

A playful installation for an audience of one.

One in, One out is an exclusive club featuring all the camp, glitz, glamour and dodgy disco lighting you’ve been missing during the past few months, but this time it’s all for you.

Created by artist Lucy Hayhoe, One in, One out explores the role of the gay bar in contemporary queer culture and asks us what we want to preserve and what we want to change.

There’s a welcome familiarity to be found in the bright lights and sticky floors of the gay bar; spaces which were often created as a rejection of queer isolation. But as the needs of the queer community change, and we grow more aware of intersecting identities – is the gay bar part of the future of queer space?

Occupying a unique position in cities, the past year has presented huge threats to the existence of queer spaces. One in, One Out examines nostalgia for lost LGBTQIA+ scenes, the consumption of queer space as novelty and what it means to be queer and alone.

One in One out is experienced one at a time, so put your glad-drags back on and get those dance moves ready, because the floor is all yours.

Originally commissioned by Compass Live Art for Compass Festival 2021, made possible by Wades Charity, Wharf Chambers and Leeds Inspired. Developed with support from Broccoli and Arts Council England Lottery funding.

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