Friday Late

The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.

Friday Late is FREE and drop in
Last Friday in every month (except May & December)

All events are free and places are designated on a first-come, first-served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will take place at this event. If you have any access requirements, please let us know in advance by emailing

Please note, if the Museum reaches capacity we will allow access on a one-in, one-out basis.


(De)constructed Masculinities – Friday 28 September

(De)constructed Masculinities – Friday 28 September

This Friday Late, we untie the straitjacket of roles and expectations of masculinity. From machismo to mental health, when do masculinities thrive and when do they threaten? Create your own men’s health magazine and join drag kings to explore gender performance. Decode the nuances of fatherhood and uncover multisensory expressions of male vulnerability. Discover a spectrum of identities as we resist, rewrite and celebrate what masculinities mean today.

Cromwell Road, Grand Entrance
Knickerbocker is East London's friendliest queer dance party. Resident DJs Aaron Zimbra and Alex Lawless spin alt pop, indie dance and happy, happy house with a side serving of live art and performance from some of the most exciting performance artists on the London scene. Catch them at their regular home, The Yard in Hackney Wick.

The KOC Initiative
Cromwell Road, Grand Entrance
20.30 – 21.30
The KOC Initiative presents a drag king cabaret showcase, featuring some of the hottest POC talent on the scene. The KOC Initiative is a platform set up by rising drag star Zayn Phallic to address the lack of diversity within the drag king scene. With their sell out hit shows, the KOC Initiative celebrates the talent of the kings of colour working the UK drag circuit, bringing some much-needed colour to cabarets across the country.

Brainstorming Vulnerability
Europe 1600–1815 Galleries -
The Salon, Room 4
Please note this activity contains sensitive content

Join Brainstorm for an honest and introspective drop-in discussion about masculinities and mental health. Through poetry, performance and open conversation, Brainstorm bust wide open the social expectations of masculine behaviour, and ask how we can envisage a more openly vulnerable masculinity.

Iggy LDN: Fatherhood
Fashion, Room 40

Fatherhood is a short film by artist, director and writer Iggy LDN, which decodes the bond between men of colour; in particular, the relationship between father and son. Fatherhood is a narration, which describes the complex feelings that men may have towards their fathers – starting from childhood through to adolescence and finally adulthood.
@iggyldn |

Fragile Masculinity
Sculpture, Rooms 21–24
- The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries
Artists Tasha Marks (AVM Curiosities) and Brian J Morrison have collaborated to create an aromatic installation that probes the olfactory nature of masculinity and attraction. The artists invite you to use sight, smell and touch to experience the work, which has been cast from the contours of Morrison’s body and perfumed by Marks, in an attempt to raise questions around physical boundaries and gender.
@avmcuriosities | @bjmorrison_ | |

Sculpture 1300
1600, Room 25
Lads is a sensuous live installation by choreographer and performance artist Christopher Matthews. The piece experiments with the connections and influences of Greco-Roman sculpture in early modern dance, specifically around notions of masculinity, the idealised physical form and class structure. Performed by Andrew Graham, Samuel Kennedy and Christopher Matthews, sound design by Naoto Hiéda and rehearsal direction by Janine Harrington.

Supported by Sadler’s Wells, South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence programme, Villa Empain, University of Winchester, Chisenhale Dance Space and using public funding form Arts Council England. Thanks to EJ Gonzalez, Eve Stainton, Martin Hargreaves and Shannon Stewart.

@Lads2017 |

The Prince Consort Gallery, Room 110

Join The Amy Grimehouse and get your craft on to design a men’s health magazine and create your ideal waiting-room-read. What is the physical ideal? What science-y health tips will you promote? Is there such a thing as a ten-pack? Are they pecs or boobs? And other such life-affirming headlines...

MAN; a study of. Vol. 1
Tapestries, Room 94

Please note this installation includes nudity

Photographer Denisha Anderson’s MAN; a study of. Vol.1 is an interactive installation that asks if we can define masculinity. Amongst a set resembling the locations of her recent photo shoots – a man’s bedroom – immerse yourself in the voices of Anderson’s sitter’s discussing identity and masculinity. Contribute to the project on the night by adding your definition into the mix.
@denisha_anderson |

D**king around with Zayn Phallic: A Drag King 101
Lunchroom 2, Sackler
Centre for arts education
18.45 – 19.45
Please note this workshop has a limited capacity. Sign up from 18.15

This fun and phallic workshop introduces you to world of drag kinging, led by one of the country's most influential drag kings, Zayn Phallic. The workshop includes a look masterclass, teaching you the basics of 'male' face contour, facial hair and how the clothes make the man as well as a discussion on physicality, character development and the wider significance of drag kinging. Open to all genders, sexualities and identities, from new kings to complete beginners.

Scottee: Masculinities Anonymous
Art Studio, Sackler Centre for arts education
Drop-in, 18.30 – 20.30
Artist and activist Scottee is a recovering man – he uses male pronouns, wears women's clothes, identifies as queer and femme and has been on the receiving end of the effects of working class masculinities since 1985. Masculinities Anonymous is a sort of self-help space – a room with chairs, orange squash, biscuits, people listening, asking questions, thinking about men and their actions, responsibilities and futures. Join Scottee for a temporary, quasi-ritualised theraputic session that has absolutely nothing to do with a 12-step programme.
@scotteeisfat |

Creature Cramps: Urinal Residency
Men’s Toilets, Sackler
Centre for arts education
19.30 – 21.30
Please note this performance contains nudity

Urinal Residency is a live radical drag installation which takes place in men’s toilets, as part of a petition to increase the number of gender neutral toilets in public buildings. Using performance to conflate a public setting with a private experience, Creature Cramps makes a point of taking up space where trans, non-binary, and femme bodies are surveilled and marked by a history of violence. “If we are not changing the structures of buildings, we are not changing the structures of our thinking. We need our spaces to reflect the nuances of the people who inhabit them” – Creature Cramps.
@creaturecramps |


Josh McKenna | @jshmck |

Drinks are available in the Cromwell Road entrance throughout the evening and in The John Madejski Garden (weather permitting).

Food and drinks will be served in the Café and Courtyard Café until 21.00.

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Background image: Programme cover deisgn © Nadia Akingbule