Join us for a screening of Permissible Beauty, supported by the Cambridge Film Festival, followed by Q&A with the film’s art historian and performer David McAlmont.

Tickets will be available to book from Monday, 2 October via this page.

Film Synopsis

Why are some forms of beauty more permissible, more highly valued, than others? Permissible Beauty addresses this question through an interrogation of portraiture, heritage and belonging. It responds to the absence of Black Queer visibility in our national story, exploring and celebrating what is unique about British Black and Queer identity.

Shot on location at Hampton Court Palace, Petworth House and Kenwood House, Permissible Beauty offers up a new chapter of British beauty for the 21st century, through richly layered portraits of six contemporary Black Queer Britons. An atmospheric soundtrack has been specially created by Afrodeutsche, the British-born Ghanaian-Russian-German composer, DJ and broadcaster.

Led by the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries at the University of Leicester and based on an original idea by performer, songwriter and art historian David McAlmont, Permissible Beauty brings McAlmont together with photographer Robert Taylor (National Portrait Gallery and Victoria & Albert collections); film director Mark Thomas of Soup Collective; and researcher and producer, Professor Richard Sandell, to create a bold Black and Queer reimagining of Britain’s story.

Doors open at 17.15
Runtime: 23 minutes