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Queer as folk: art from Britain's magical past – in pictures

Queer as folk: art from Britain's magical past – in pictures

From bone cockerels and four-metre figureheads to giant model boots, here's a pick of the wacky and wonderful articles on display at the Tate's British Folk Art exhibition August). Just don't call it 'craft'

Skulls and craft materials. Detail from a design from a range exclusively created for Tate Shop to coincide with the British Folk Art exhibition in 2014.

Skulls and craft materials. Detail from a design from a range exclusively created for Tate Shop to coincide with the British Folk Art exhibition in 2014.

Crimean War Patchwork Quilt, about 1850. Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery. British Folk Art.

Crimean War Patchwork Quilt, about 1850. Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery. British Folk Art.

SOLDIER'S QUILT/ Artist, probably Canada, Great Britain, or United States, 1854–1890, wool melton, 67 × 66 1/2", collection American Folk Art Museum, gift of Altria Group, Inc., 2008.9.1. Photo credit: Gavin Ashworth.

SOLDIER'S QUILT/ Artist, probably Canada, Great Britain, or United States, 1854–1890, wool melton, 67 × 66 1/2", collection American Folk Art Museum, gift of Altria Group, Inc., 2008.9.1. Photo credit: Gavin Ashworth.

Silk Ethos 6'7"x9'9": Ethos oriental rugs runner rugs outdoor rugs bath rugs antiques rugs kitchen rugs bathroom rugs round rugs modern rugs carpets NYC - ABC Carpet & Home

Silk Ethos 6'7"x9'9": Ethos oriental rugs runner rugs outdoor rugs bath rugs antiques rugs kitchen rugs bathroom rugs round rugs modern rugs carpets NYC - ABC Carpet & Home

Arcade Fire (this picture by Anton Corbijn). I saw them at Coachella in 2007, with the legendary drumsticks on the motorcycle helmet. Very epic.  Saw them again at Coachella seven years later. Debbie Harry came on to sing "Heart of Glass" with them, and Régine Chassagne was visibly beside herself. Their set got cut at the very end of Wake Up, and they marched away with drums and a megaphone and everyone singing the "oh ohhhs". Beautiful.

Arcade Fire (this picture by Anton Corbijn). I saw them at Coachella in 2007, with the legendary drumsticks on the motorcycle helmet. Very epic. Saw them again at Coachella seven years later. Debbie Harry came on to sing "Heart of Glass" with them, and Régine Chassagne was visibly beside herself. Their set got cut at the very end of Wake Up, and they marched away with drums and a megaphone and everyone singing the "oh ohhhs". Beautiful.

Rare Soldiers quilt - patchwork made from uniform - probably Crimean war

Rare Soldiers quilt - patchwork made from uniform - probably Crimean war

Rare Soldiers quilt - patchwork made from uniform - probably Crimean war in Antiques, Fabric/Textiles, Quilts

Antique Suzani Embroidery 47244 Main Image - By Nazmiyal

Antique Suzani Embroidery 47244 Main Image - By Nazmiyal