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Sunday, 5 July 2015

A Day of Queering


Next week I'll be giving a presentation at Pomogaze 2015 at Leeds Art gallery a Queers Arts Festival. I’ll be talking with other fabulous artists on the day for a showcase, tours and installations. There is loads of artists to check out including 
Adam Lowe performs recent work 'Diva', he's a performance artist poet  
Fuzzy Jones will perform a new song check out her songs there brilliant. 
'A Mile in Their Shoes' by Connor Quill he has a few fun dance performance videos worth checking out.
'What Do We Want' by Ryan Thompson, visual artist and performance artist he has an excellence wwebsite with a great archive of his previous projects.
Dr Nina Kane you can check out her company Cast-Off Drama as well and a roaming gallery performance by Emily Towler.  

It should be a really entertaining and interesting day please do go check it out!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Shout Out for Arion's Archaic Art


This is a shout out for Arion's Archaic Art, an incredible blog with an exciting give away opportunity. I love Arion's blog particularly because I really enjoy graphic novels and alternative storylines.  I highly recommend The blog because it share loads of really impressive images and work he's interested in. There's loads of stuff I'd never come across without accessing his blog, it's a real resource for funky graphic novel content. 
Image from 'The Outsider'

Full disclosure, some can be quite bloody, some fantasy and surrealism; it's totally up my street though and may well be something you didn't expect to be interest in.

image from 'It's Always the Statue of Liberty'

He's also talented artist himself, Arion aka Arcadio Bolaños wrote the Un-American Chronicles four stand alone stories in one special issue,  the image above is by artist Juan Alarcón and coloured by Carolina Bensler I really like the use of light in this image. The United-American chronicles is his own work involving four stand alone stories which you can get for only one dollar or if your in the UK that's only 69p! He's also offering the opportunity to get some marvel digital codes worth $19.98 for first prize and $10.99 for second prize. For details check out his site here: Arion's blog


Its nice to be able to connect to someone else on the other side of the world who has a different practice but shared interests. So if you've stumbled on my blog on enjoyed anything on here chances are that your enjoy his more. He's much more active and dedicated to his site (up dating more regularly and generally being more impressive) there is loads of things to read and explore, definitely worth a visit, I'm happy to give shout outs to other blogs as well we're all a little global community and it's nice to get inspired by each other work.

Friday, 19 June 2015

York Pride!


York pride is this weekend! So the Same-Sex marriage quilt has taken a journey over to York City Council to be on display in their public building. I'm really pleased because the quilt will be seen by lots of local residents of York who come in for local services; many of which who would not normally have taken a look at the quilt. You can see more about the event in this local article here:

Additionally because I'm travelling a lot around on trains with my new role I've gotten back into messing around with a sketch book. Here is a snap shot from my sketch book, I'm going to try and continue to experiment with different images which I may later incorporate into a future piece of work? Who knows, at the moment it's just nice to have a little play again and explore different ideas without an end process in mind. It's something I should be doing more of because it might lead me to a new direction creatively?

Monday, 13 April 2015

Images from the first National festival of LGBT history!


This is Mike Jackson, as in the actual Mike Jackson was a part of the Lesbian and Gays support the Miners. You might be more familiar with him from the 'Pride' movie played by Joseph Gilgun. Look he's posing in front of the 'Same-Sex Equality Quilt' how awesome is that?!
 This is the Chair of Schools Out and super political activist Sue Sanders introducing the first National festival of LGBT history at the launch. There were several different speakers and then we went to Via Fossa and watched the first part of 'A Very Victorian Scandal'.
 
 The performance of 'The Raid' was set in a 'Molly House' where men used to dress as women in private bars back in the day. They had several cabaret style performances which then got interrupted by a police raid. The event is based on actual historic events which you can learn more about here.
  The place was packed, which is great but unfortunately I couldn't get that close so my pictures are pretty poor. It was a very entertaining, fabulous and scandalous evening.
 
Here are a few images from of different speakers who attended the first national LGBT history festival. Here is a few images from the Saturday Hub events, my favorite was Abilgail Ward's 'Queer Noise' presentation. She had loads of images of Queer under-belly of Manchester from 1976 through to the 1990's. 
 She showed different images from posters and flyers and bands who performed during this time. I was totally inspired and I want to explore these images more in future.
 
 
 
 
 Then I watched the second installment of 'A Very Victorian Scandal' 'The Press which features imaged scenes of before and after the events of the trail.
 
  After the performance I went to the Saturday Hub's explore the archive event with Sylvia Kolling who coordinated the day's events.       
 There was so many incredible items which the public had access to look through.
It's something that can be done at any time but has a small cost, I recommend checking it out though if you have an urge to explore some local history.
 
 
 
 
  I was really surprised by this piece which shows original drawings of the Alan Turning monument in Sackville Park. If you look to the right of his portrait you can see the sketch of how they planned for the image to look.
 
 Here is a few images from the Sunday Hub at People’s History Museum. It was packed full of lots of different people all interested in our collective history.
  
Peter Tachell speaking about international colonialism.
Mike Jackson speaking about his experiences on the front line of LGSM
This is a scene from the final part of 'A Very Victorian Scandal' 'the Trail' which explores the events of the trail and what happened to the men who were on trail.
   
Here was a performance by All the Nice Girls, they were so entertaining!
  
Prof. Alex Sharpe gave a really interesting talk on Trans-Cis sexual intimacy in circumstances where gender history has not been disclosed. In recent years, a series of young trans men have been successfully prosecuted for sexual offenses in these circumstances. Several have been imprisoned and all have been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for Life.
 
 I also got a moment to pose wit Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk's Nephew who was also speaking at the event to tell everyone about his work with the Harvey Milk Foundation.

 

Monday, 26 January 2015

See the final quilt on display at People's History Museum Sunday15th February

It’s finally time for the quilt to go on display!!!

Yes on the 15th February the community quilt will be displayed in People’s History Museum as part of the first National LGBT history Festival. I’m so pleased to be involved in the festival and I’m even more chuffed that the work will go on display in the place that it started.

I spent the majority of my Christmas holiday attached to my Mac and scanner uploading all the images that people had contributed and then working out how to construct the quilt into a 3 metre by 2.5 metre layout which could be fabric printed. I won’t get into the technical side of it but it was stressful and tiring but with the support of my patient partner, we got there in the end!
Once it was complete I sent the image off to the amazing digetex based in Trafford. They then printed everyone’s amazing contributions in five panels which will then be sewn together.
Here is a sneaky preview of the completed digital print of all the contributions. 
The work is now with the talented Deborah Cunliffe of Source Unknown and being constructed together. Due to the sheer scale of the work and the lack of space in my tiny house I have had to use outside help to get the job done in time for the launch. She’s worth every penny! If you look at the team on the LGBT festival website you’ll notice I’m Coordinating the Sunday programme. Debbie is doing me a huge favour with this work because it means I can concentrate more on promoting the festival!
This means however, I don’t actually know what the final outcome of the quilt will be. Above is a plan of the final image. I’ve only actually unrolled that tiny bit of the quilt so I don't know what it will all look like either. I don’t actually have enough room in my place to fully unravel the panels to see them collectively. I’m very excited to be seeing it finished soon though!



The last sessions of the project, at FACT and Museum of Liverpool

I wanted to write an update about my last session in the Museum of Liverpool but then Christmas came by and I got too distracted having a catch up with my family and friends. Now Christmas is over and I’ve gotten back in to the routine of work. I managed to find a little time to briefly catalogue the last session I did.
FACT were great and allowed me to use a large space, it worked really well as they had a lot of students from Cronton College in Widnes. They really surprised me how willing they were to get involved.
I also went back to Museum of Liverpool. I particularly enjoyed sitting with a group of Chinese students who had come from various parts of China, one of the student wrote the most elegant chinese calligraphy I had since with a really naff brush that had been over viewed by young people. It was incredibly impressive.
I also had the pleasure of talking with a Dutch mother. When I was a University I did an Erasmus exchange with Amsterdam for six month. Her ascent flooded back lots of memories for me and even helped me recall the three bits of Dutch I used whilst I was there: “Mooi,” “Alstublieft” and “dank u well” I literally wasn’t given an opportunity to learn anymore everyone knew English and were significantly better than my poor attempts at Dutch.
Once I head for my train home I randomly bumped into my boss Alison Clarke-Jenkins a North Director at Arts Council England. She was with her partner Paul Smith who I’d also previousily volunteered with a Liverpool Biennial. He was asking me how the project was going and asked if he could have a go whilst we were on the train. I was so made up! It was brilliant, neither of them could remember the last time they got to play with colours. I managed to take a couple of snapps of them as well which I’m very pleased with as well.
Interestingly Alison Clark-Jenkins chose Manchester City Centre MP Lucy Powell. Paul Smith chose Naomi Long, one of only two MPs in Northern Ireland that voted in support of Same Sex Marirage. What was also nice is that Alison and Paul tweeted about it and Naomi Long gave them a retweet!
I had a couple of images left over when I went home and managed to get my family to each do an image. My sister tweeted hers as well and there were some mean tweets against the MP that came back. We didn’t respond, I think they had beef with other political issues the MP is involved with. This project is about thanking them for voting for Same-Sex marriage bill- that is all. 
My next post is the more exciting post- the quilt is going to be on display publicly!