The Inaugural Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lecture: Maggi Hambling CBE

Maggi Hambling CBE
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St Anne's College
Woodstock Road
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Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre

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Lectures and seminars
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St Anne's College, the University of Oxford and GiveOut are delighted to announce the inaugural Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lecture, to be given by Maggi Hambling CBE on Wednesday 17 November.

The lecture will take place in the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre in St Anne's College, University of Oxford, from 17:00 and will be followed by a drinks reception.

The lecture will be introduced by Professor Louise Richardson, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, and Helen King QPM, the Principal of St Anne's College. Maggi Hambling CBE will be in conversation with Dr Rebecca Surender, a University of Oxford Pro-Vice-Chancellor who was Oxford’s first Advocate for Equality and Diversity.

There will also be an opportunity to view a selection of archival materials about the life of Michael Dillon, the trans pioneer after whom the lecture series is named, which have been kindly loaned to St Anne's College by Liz Hodgkinson, in advance of a full exhibition later this year.

Registration for the lecture is encouraged but not required for attendance.


Maggi Hambling is one of Britain's greatest living artists. She is best known for her controversial sculptures memorialising Oscar Wilde (at Charing Cross), Benjamin Britten (at Aldeburgh) and Mary Wollstonecraft (on Newington Green), for her Suffolk seascapes, and for her captivating portraits of Soho luminaries and of the dead. She is the first person to have been appointed Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, and has been the subject of numerous national and international documentaries and profiles. Her work is displayed in many of the world's leading art galleries and museums, from the British Museum to the Tate. She was appointed CBE in 2010. Ms Hambling describes herself as 'rebelliously lesbionic' and is rarely without a cigarette.


The Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lectures are named in honour of Michael Dillon, an Oxford alumnus who was the first person to undergo hormone treatment and surgery for a transition from female to male. Announced in November last year with an online panel event 'LGBT+ Rights in a Time of Pandemic', the Dillon Lectures are given by LGBT+ individuals from professions other than academia who have reached a position of outstanding achievement in their field. The lectures aim to shape the national and international conversation about LGBT+ issues. You can watch the online announcement event for the lectures, which features more information about Michael Dillon and our aims for the series here.

The Michael Dillon LGBT+ Lectures are organised in partnership with GiveOut, an award-winning LGBT+ community foundation enabling LGBT+ people and their advocates to give in one place to support LGBT+ activism worldwide. More information about GiveOut can be found on their website here.