32nd Exhibition - Remember that one? - lost LGBTQ+ venues - Hanna Demel

Remember that one? -  lost LGBTQ+ venues

This latest project started with the idea that I could make a print of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, since I have been taking part in the Queer Fayre at the RVT for quite a few years and started selling my cards and prints there, as well as going to other events at the RVT quite regularly. It is also an interesting building, so I made the lino cut. It was very popular at the next fayre and I offered the image to the ‘RVT future’ campaign to use if they wanted to. 
Over the next few months several people suggested I should also do some other lgbtq+ pubs and clubs, especially ones that were threatened with closure or have been closed.
I am really happy that it is turning into a sort of community history project, with people remembering and suggesting more and more venues that I could make prints of. I want to focus especially on venues and spaces that have fallen victim to rising property prices, ‘regeneration’ and gentrification, pushing our communities out of the cities, and further to the margins.

If you would like to join in with the project, you could write a few sentences about a venue that YOU remember, maybe what you liked about it, an anecdote, etc. on the paper under the pictures. I am planning to do something more with the images, and I might also include people’s contributions, so please put your name, if you don’t mind.

I hope you enjoy looking at the prints and maybe remembering good nights out.

About me and print making
After learning how to do lino cuts at school, I went back to printing on and off over the years, but really re-discovered it for myself a few years ago making a lino cut from an image taken from a friend’s holiday snap of children sitting on the beach. Since then I have been doing commissioned cuts from other photographs, as well as many of my own prints from images I collect when I am out and about.


Inspiration talk to Project-Indigo - Hackney LGBT Youth Group

Collaboration with @project_indigo who runs weekly program for LGBT Youth in Hackney at the Off Centre.

I was invited by lovely Susy, who runs this sessions, to talk about Barberette, being an immigrant, gender neutral pricing in mainstream salons and that following your dreams is worth doing, entire possible and self funded, if you add the hard work.

I left inspired myself by the group and somehow richer. Thank you for having me.

Private view - A hair's breadth - Sunday 28th April 2013

Well, we did it. A really fun and interactive exhibition with lovely people, and a great atmosphere. Big thanks to everyone on the team, and everyone who came along and participated with such good grace and enthusiasm with co-mingling their friends and in the Polaroid community board. Watch this space for an online version, a closing party, and what we'll be doing next. Big Love, Westlake and Barberette









A Hair's Breadth update

All Details about our Exhibition can be found by Liking our page:


Bio’s and contact details of all participants in the section “About”

A Hair’s breadth update

  I’m off to meet Sarah, go through those amazing pictures from the talented photographers, discuss the next steps such as the venue and format for our party, how we'll publicize it, exactly what form the exhibition will take and who we'll invite.
Exciting times friends!

A hair’s breadth





One chair, one month, one barbershop, many stories.

Barberette is at it again with her brilliant ideas. Anyone who gets their hair cut at Red Scissors on a Saturday in January 2013 will find themselves the subject of a lot of attention. A writer, Sarah Westlake will interview them, and when they’re looking sharp, a photographer will take their picture.

When we’re done, we’ll announce a date and venue for a special kind of party. There’ll be an exhibition of the project as well as music, dancing and haircuts.

Together we’ll be finding out how each model is connected, sometimes broadly by community, sometimes narrowly, by a hair’s breadth.