Ryan Kearney

I am an independent writer and curator based between London and Birmingham. My on-going research centres on participatory and socially engaged curatorial practices, as well as how the displaying of queer archival histories can facilitate communal and intergenerational discussions.

My writing has appeared in this is tomorrow and In the Pink, a publication launched by Grand Union and SHOUT Festival in November 2018. Recent projects include 'The Club’s Conception (or How the Egg Was Cracked)', Recent Activity (2019); 'Three Models for Change', STRYX (2018); 'Rainbow Flag / Trojan Horse: Ian Giles', Recent Activity (2018); and 'Queering the Archive', Recent Activity (2017). I assist in delivering the public programme of Recent Activity.

At STEAMHouse, I worked with Intervention Architecture on 'The Club’s Conception (or How the Egg Was Cracked)', an exhibition at Recent Activity which looked to retrace the past venues of Birmingham’s longest-running queer space, The Nightingale Club. In collaboration with those who attended its three preceding venues, Intervention Architecture and I mapped these spaces from recollections, replacing absent photographs while positioning personal and collective narratives within archival significance.