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"King Kitt: Absolutely-f**king- floorless”",

Miss Rory, Drag Idol Judge, 2019

Drag is Folk / Drag Declares Emergency


The project asks: How can the lgbtqia+ community use our queer folk-art skills to respond to climate emergency?

Long term  "Drag Declares Emergency" / Drag is Folk proejcts are supported and comissioned through:

A digital residency with Craftspace, Birmingham and The Civic Barnsley 2021-22

A working class heritage grant from English Heritage 2023-24

An ACE Proejct Grant 2024-25


Working towards a touring outdoor installation of Drag as Folk Art 2025-26


On Feb 6th 2023 Craftspace, launched a digital space and set of #EcoDragChallange crafting instructions co-created by Kitt & LGBTQIA+ community groups & drag houses around the UK

The wider project aims to explore the histories and possible futures of drag as a folk art


The project so far has particularly focused on:

·       Histories of drag kings, principle boys, non-binary performers

·       Disabled drag performers

·       How the folk art traditions of mutuality and solidarity through collaborative making, are reflected in drag houses/ families and how this can be developed to support performers in creating more environmentally sustainable drag in the future

The project is nurturing a network of resource sharing &mutual support, to understand our histories as queer performers and work together to nurture nourishing, planet-kind and just futures.


Drag Declares Emergency (inspired by Culture Declares Emergency ) aims to learn from drag histories to grow queer folk-art skills in order to create work that minimises negative environmental impacts, whilst continuing to develop the joyful, exuberant, powerful folk-art of drag!

Images  of King Kitt performing / running workshops during 2018-2022 at:

Saatchi Gallery (London), Reyt Queer Do (Sheffield), Drag Idol (Newcastle), Anti Art Fair (London), Creative Debuts (London), Durham University (Durham), Great North Museum (Newcastle), DGA Collective (Newcastle), Northern Pride (UK), Alphabetti Theatre (Newcastle), Bowes Museum (Co Durham), Middlesbourgh Art Weekender (Darlington and Middlesbourgh)

Image credits:  Louise HarveyClare Brown, Michael McGuire, Sofia Barton, Sarah & Edwin Gruny-Li and Ndryka Anyika

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