A “temple” dedicated to Oscar Wilde has been unveiled at a London gallery – and you could get married there.
The Oscar Wilde Temple is an immersive installation work by artists McDermott & McGough, which has transformed the entirety of Studio Voltaire gallery in Clapham into a shrine to the Victorian writer and LGBTQ+ icon.
The space will also be available for private hire, open to hosting LGBTQ+ weddings, naming ceremonies and more. All proceeds going towards the The Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity that works to prevent LGBT youth homelessness, which will also be running workshops throughout the exhibition.
The installation, by the the former Victorian chapel that Studio Voltaire now inhabits, features stained-glass windows, period wallpaper and Victorian chandeliers, as well as homages to persecuted figures from LGBTQ+ from history, including Harvey Milk, Alan Turing, Marsha P. Johnson and the victims of the AIDS crisis.
The artwork, which has been twenty years in the making by David McDermott and Peter McGough, and will be free to visit for the next six months.
The Oscar Wilde Temple runs at Studio Voltaire from October 3 – March 31 2019. For more information, visit studiovoltaire.org
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