Dominic Bilton is a PhD researcher in the school of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies (FAHACS) at the University of Leeds. His PhD research, in close collaboration with The Whitworth in Manchester and in dialogue with the innovative ‘constituent museum’ approach to museum practice, is investigating what queer theory’s non-normative approach to gender, sexuality and identity offers to current debates in participatory museology.
At The Whitworth, Dominic leads on the project Queering the Whitworth, which interrogates the gallery’s collection from a non-normative perspective, in order to (re)discover missing LGBTQIA+ narratives associated with either the artist or the artwork. This body of research is then disseminated through tours, talks and presentations within the gallery, as well as digitally.
Further research interests of his include LGBTQIA+ representation within Jewish museology, the representation of queer memory and trauma within art, and more broadly queer working-class culture.