Queer Art Lab (QAL) is a safe space for
experimentation, creation, art show, and intervention
in the LGBTQIA+ community. Streamlines different actions
from exhibitions, installations, concerts, workshops,
lectures, and activities for the community.
We collaborate with artists at different stages of their careers in order to promote and at the same time promote encounters, exchange, and growth. The QAL
positions itself for the LGBTQIA+ community with the mission of creating circles of sharing, connection, and mutual help to respond to felt needs.
This project is supported by the Trumps nightclub, space
in which most of the activities take place.
associated with the Queer Art Lab.
This laboratory operates on two distinct fronts: the
empowerment and transformation. The training is
worked through the assignment of spaces where artists
share their work and use internal networks
available to earn income. The transformation
is part of a more profound work to be done with the
community and the surrounding collective in the sense of
seek and create forms of intervention that reflect
in improvements in what is the quality of life of
Our focus on art stems from the need to create
content that brings different perspectives on the
which is reality. Each person has their reality and
crossing with the third dimension brings a set of
individual experiences, which add to the collective experiences. Through this interception, new
possibilities, and consciousness expands and embraces
new ways of existing in diversity.
It is also through art that thought is provoked.
intellectual and political and history is constructed either with
brushstrokes, words, or movement
In this lab we will pay attention to what art
queer wants to communicate with us.
With the community what we want to work with is the
elimination of the problem - discrimination, invisibility
and prejudice - so that there doesn't have to be a
Queer Art Lab, so no niche is needed,
a segmentation for (sur)experience. In this sector
we feel it is important to stimulate conversations,
provide workshops, create forms of intervention
to radically change the quality of life of
To think in which spheres we have to act, contemplating
from youth to old age, and create projects
in this sense.
The first artistic intervention was conceived for the
opening of Queer Art Lab in October 2021.
proposal made to the artist Tamara Alves was to reformulate the
access to the dance floors of the Trumps nightclub.
The theme that worked was "Saudades", a Portuguese word that means a great feeling of missing someone.
The Queer Art Lab platform in partnership with Trumps creates its own
first artistic residency, aimed at LGBTOI+ people with the aim of
to combat the lack of access to education and employment with which they are
confronted with these people, because of the present discrimination.
This paid residence lasted 15 days and did not
We require academic studies to apply.
The artist Tamara Alves assumed the role of mentor for the project.
We also had 2 guest artists - ROD and Nicolae
Negura - and 3 artists were selected after the opening of a
open call - Miss Chimp, A. Melim and Inês Dust.
The focus of the residence was the reformulation of two walls of 10
meters each, inside the Trumps nightclub, to celebrate its 41st
anniversary and the desire to re-brand the brand that starts a
new decade, changing its slogan "The best gay club" to "The
best queer club”. In this sense, and with a team of artists
diversified, the premise launched was to rethink a world in
that we can exist freely by being queers.
The great challenge of the residency was to unite the different experiences,
experiences and aesthetics in two panels, two cohesive and