The Bidding Room … Molly Houses & Madams … Keith Haring


The Bidding Room

The Bidding Room is a programme on BBC1. Set in an emporium deep in the Yorkshire countryside, a group of expert dealers attempt to outbid each other to buy extraordinary items brought in by the public.

Nigel Havers welcomes people with an item they would like to sell, introducing them to a valuation expert who gives them the specialist information they need to drive a hard bargain. Tooled up with this information, Nigel guides the sellers through to the bidding room, where the five eager dealers square up to spend their money.

Philip from Out In The City was featured in a recent programme:


Molly Houses and Madams: Unravelling Georgian Subcultures

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

This is an online event. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.

Established in 1691, the Society for the Reformation of Manners aimed to suppress all immoral behaviour in London – from profane plays and prostitution to salacious art and sodomy.

Its results were a raft of highly publicised prosecutions and raids on brothels, molly houses and contemporary literature. An unexpected consequence was a veritable goldmine of archival material into previously under-acknowledged London subcultures.

In this talk, Dan Vo (Victoria & Albert Museum LGBTQ tour coordinator), Mark Ravenhill (award-winning playwright Mother Clap’s Molly House) and Professor Kate Williams (bestselling author and historian) lift the lid on the secret worlds of 18th century London – from Molly Houses and bawdy houses, to writers and madams.

Price: Full Price: £5.00, Member: £0.00

Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546 546 or


Keith Haring

On 16 February 1990 (31 years ago) Keith Haring died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 31.

Moving from Pennsylvania to New York, from street art to the 80’s modern art scene, Keith Haring quickly shot up to global fame. He chose to work in a wide variety of methods, from subway drawings, sculptures, large-scale paintings, posters, worldwide public art, and workshops, to commercial endeavours such as the opening of Pop Shop, with the encouragement of Andy Warhol, where he sold his original goods. Above all was the aesthetics, “art is for everybody”.

Although three decades have passed since his death, not a year passes by without his work being exhibited around the world and his art is continuously employed in fashion, social activism, and entertainment. Haring’s energy generated by his strong wish for equality, human rights, and world peace lives endlessly through his art.

You can watch the film – Keith Haring: Street Art Boy – on BBC iPlayer.

This highly recommended and compelling film – told using previously unheard interviews with Haring, which form the narrative of the documentary – is the definitive story of the artist in his own words.


Goldilocks & The Three Bears

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