The Vagina Museum in London is a wonderfully sex-positive, feminist, intersectional, trans-inclusive space. I visited the museum back in February in those crazy pre-lockdown times, when I used to get on trains and actually go places.
The museum has been closed to the public since March but (excited squeal here) they will be opening their doors again on Saturday the 3rd of October!
In order to drum up excitement and to re-fill their much depleted coffers, the Vagina Museum is currently running an online Auction of vag-tastic art. Original pieces by a diverse collection of artists are currently all displayed for your appraisal on their website.
Every piece displays either a reserve price or the current highest bid. You can bid on artworks by email and the museum will update the highest bids on the site at the end of each day, like a slow-moving version of Ebay.
Having not been to a real live flesh and blood art gallery in over six months, I am immensely enjoying perusing the sixty works of art listed online and deciding which one I am going to put my very meagre bid on. (Pockets at Tea and Spanking Towers are, sadly, not deep.)
I’ve had to go through the collection several times, because the first half-dozen or so times, I was mentally furnishing the tasteful, classy BDSM dungeon that I don’t actually own outside of my kinky imagination. I had to reign myself in a bit after a while and work out which piece of art would actually work best in my real life dungeon-less home.
I have placed a bid on OS#36, Meg Garrod’s brightly coloured, somehow soothing painting of nine vulvas against a white background.
I fully expect to be outbid by the end of the day, which is fine. Because while it would be lovely to snag myself a bargain-priced piece of beautiful, original art, it would be even better if the bids placed by 5th October are great big, museum-life-changing amounts which will keep this amazing space in business.
To check out all the artwork on offer and to make your own bid, go to the Vagina Museum’s Open Soon Auction Page.
If you would like to make a donation to the Vagina Museum or become a member, visit their Support Page.
To find out about events run by the museum like this Vulva Visual Poetry Workshop, go to their events page. I have been to a few of the history lectures they have run during lockdown and heartily recommend them should they run any more.
The Vagina Museum reopens on 3rd October 2020 and admission is still free. You will, however, need to book in advance should you want to visit.
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