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In the wake of the sensational premier of The Rebel Dykes Documentary Film at BFI Flare, we are proud to announce The Rebel Dykes Art and Archive Show.


Opening this summer at Space Station Sixty-Five in 375 Kennington Road, Kennington, London, UK (SE11 4PT)

Exhibition open: June 25th - September 17th 2021 

Thursday - Saturday, 12-6pm


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The Rebel Dykes originated in the 1980s as a group that merged outsider cultures to create fresh feminist explorations of art, sex and activism! Now, The Rebel Dykes Art and Archive Show brings this group of artists back together for the first time in almost 40 years and unites important underrepresented cultural histories with contemporary dyke culture; inviting a variety of younger artists to exhibit new works alongside the dykes who paved their way. 


Curated by: artist and archivist Atalanta Kernick (of the Rebel Dykes), and artist and cultural producer, Kat Hudson (of Lesley Magazine).

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REBEL DYKES ART AND ARCHIVE SHOW shines a spotlight on an underexposed lesbian community of 1980s London; a community with connections to Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and to major cities in Britain, Europe and US, especially San Francisco, New York, Helsinki and Berlin. 




“It is so exciting to be part of an exhibition exploring the intergenerational continuum of Dyke art! Growing up rurally I didn’t have any queer elders to look up to and it is deeply enriching and important to understand the art and community being created amongst my peers within a wider context of radical gays making radical art across time! Life would have been so much easier if I had seen this show as a teen.” - Bella Podpadec


"I'm thrilled to be participating in the Rebel Dykes exhibition alongside women I respect and admire hugely. It is because of many of these women that we now enjoy certain freedoms as queer women and I look forward to celebrating their rebellious and fierce spirit." - Sarah Jane Moon


"Rebel Dykes is one of the most important LGBTQIA documentaries ever! Mystical Femmes are so excited to be in a room full of dyke history!" - Mystical Femmes: Katayoun Jalilipour and Tallulah Haddon


“I’m honoured to be part of the Rebel Dykes exhibition, it’s such a monumental and important film. I’m excited to find out about other queer artists in the show I can’t wait to see the final exhibition!” - Kate Jessop



Space Station Sixty-Five (SS65) is very pleased to relaunch with the exhibition Rebel Dykes Art & Archive, linked to the launch of the ground-breaking film Rebel Dykes, which premiered this year at Flare Film Festival, NFT.


This is an important exhibition to be hosting at a time when government-led cultural cleansing is further trying to suppress resistant and marginalised histories.


The Rebel Dykes Art and Archive Show celebrates past and present dissident voices, those who stood boldly against homophobia, Clause 28 and a heteronormative, deeply divided and sexist society. And they did it with style and swagger.


REBEL DYKES ART AND ARCHIVE SHOW is produced by REBEL DYKES HISTORY PROJECT CiC, and co-created with Lesley Magazine.  It is funded by Arts Council England, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Independent Film Trust and the David Family Foundation. 


REBEL DYKES HISTORY PROJECT CIC REBEL DYKES HISTORY PROJECT is an ARCHIVE + ART + FILM project.  We preserve, explore and share the archive of a  bunch of kick ass post punk dykes who shook up London, UK in the 1980s.  Our archive is kept at BISHOPSGATE INSTITUTE, and we are always seeking more archive for our collection.  www.rebeldykeshistoryproject.com  


REBEL DYKES (feature documentary) www.rebeldykes1980s.com premiered to rave reviews at BFI Flare 2021 and will be available from Bohemia Euphoria later this year https://bohemiaeuphoria.com/ 


REBEL DYKES ART AND ARCHIVE SHOW takes place in the physical location of Space Station Sixty-Five, Building One, 373 Kennington Lane, SE114PS, London and online.


THE NATIONAL LOTTERY HERITAGE FUND: Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk

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