Today’s the day. The LGBTQ+ Positive Voices online exhibition has launched in time for Pride Month. I’m so pleased to be able to open it up and share all the inspiring and wonderful contributions from the 26 artists and creators from around the world who chose to get involved. 💖
The following pages feature on the site:
About – list of creators, thanks, background to the exhibition.
Support Page – I realise some of the pieces in the exhibition may generate difficult feelings for some people. So, it was important for me to direct them to professional organisations who can give them support and advice if they need it.
Artists pages – an individual page for each of the wonderful contributions from each of the artists and creators.
Earlier this year, I put out a call for LGBTQ+ artists and creatives, inviting them to contribute to an online exhibition, which would be a celebration of their positive experiences, lives and perspectives. Thanks to everyone who shared this open call, the response was inspirational, and as a result the LGBTQ+ Positive Voices online exhibition has been created.
The creators included in this exhibition are Ana Iribas Rudín; AnimaeNoctis (Silvia Marcantoni Taddei & Massimo Sannelli); April Winter; Bryony Mair; Caren Jo Shapiro; Charmaine Chapman; Ethan Moss; Frankie; Geoffrey Doig-Marx (GDM); Giridhar Raghunathan; Guillermo “Wildo” Zayas IV; Jeremy Martin; Anonymous; Konrad Natthagel; Kryštof Novotný; Leon Clowes; Linhtropy; Naomi; Paty Rodríguez; Poppy Ash; Rik Versteeg; Robin Swift; Rufus Isabel Elliot; Salome Zhvania; Stefani J Alvarez; Terry Gregoraschuk.
This celebratory exhibition includes videos, dance performance pieces, paintings, digital artworks, audio pieces and games. They represent a broad spectrum of sexual and gender identities from 26 fantastic artists and creative contributors from around the world. I am very proud to be able to share these unique personal perspectives. The range of creative pieces and art in the exhibition is wonderful. And each share a short unique thought-provoking and often emotional personal story alongside them that is a positive reflection of being an LGBTQ+ person.
What better time to be inspired by the work of our fellow LGBTQ+ community than during Pride Month? If you’re seeking your latest queer art fix, you need look no further – there’s a new exhibition heading your way.
The LGBTQ+ Positive Voices exhibition launches online this month, celebrating the positive experiences, lives and perspectives of queer artists and creatives. The exhibition promises an exciting range of creative work, mixing image, video and audio art. We spoke to exhibition organiser Ash Green about their own work as an artist, why they set up Positive Voices, and why dedicated queer spaces like this matter.
Hi Ash!Tell us about your work as an artist.
I mainly create electronic music, small digital games and interactive narratives. They often have a nod to early 1980s music and pop culture, folklore and superstition, and autobiographical elements. My game and narrative art can be hand-drawn…
I just wanted to post a short update about the online LGBTQ+ Positive Voices exhibition. I’ve had a fantastic response and steady submission of creative pieces from people around the world. And every time I see a new submission appear in my in-box I’m excited that someone else wants to contribute to this project, and I’m excited to find out what that contribution might be and why it represents a positive experience to them. And when I see the submission piece and read their words it always moves me, simply because all the pieces are so personal, beautiful, unique and positive. I’ve received performance pieces, digital artworks, digital copies of paintings, audio pieces and games, representing asexual, bisexual, gay, gender non-conforming, non-binary, polysexual and trans perspectives. Thank you to everyone who has contributed already. It is wonderful to know that this idea has struck a chord with so many people.
Even if I don’t receive any more submissions, I will be extremely happy to have only these creative pieces in the exhibition launch. But I am also happy to welcome even more submissions representing more voices within the LGBTQ+ community. And those submissions can be anything creative that can be hosted online (eg visual, audio, creative writing, videos, interactive pieces, whatever). I want to emphasise again (and again and again) that contributions from amateur, hobby, DIY artists, crafters and creatives, those who do not consider themselves to be artists or creatives, and those who have never submitted to an exhibition before are especially welcome. And if you aren’t open about your sexuality or gender identity you can also submit your piece anonymously.
I’ve blogged over on the British Library Digital Scholarship blog about the Games in the Woods game jam I’m involved in from 15th – 23rd May. It’s a woodland, tree, forest themed game jam being run as part of the Urban Tree Festival. The blog post specifically highlights one of my favourite narrative game making tools, Bitsy, as I’ll be running a free online session featuring it for the launch of the jam on Saturday 15th May. I especially enjoy using Bitsy as it allows people who aren’t programmers to make little retro style games. So, why not get involved in the jam and make your first game with Bitsy?
I’m very happy to announce that one of my small narrative Bitsy’s has been selected for inclusion in the Museum of Wild & Newfangled Art Biennial Exhibition. This online exhibition features 100 global artists from a wide range of creative backgrounds. To get a flavour of the exhibition take a look at the teaser video below. It’s such an interesting leftfield and (as the curators cari ann shim sham* and Joey Zaza say) wild mix, and I’m so pleased to be included in with such a creative group of people.
In the curators own words…
The 2021 mowna Online Biennial is an exhibit of an international pool of artists selected from 44 countries gathered through a free call for submissions process that ran from January through March of 2021. mowna’s largest show to date, the Biennial includes all forms of art made from 2019 to 2021, inviting artists to consider new ways to exhibit their work online and how their artworks translate best through mowna’s digital platform. To kick off the Biennial with opening night festivities, mowna will host a special screening of the feature doc “The Faithful: The King, The Pope, The Princess,” by Annie Berman on April 30th at 9 PM ET. It will be followed by q&a, the mowna party room, and a first look entrance to the Biennial.
The online exhibition runs from 30th April to 22nd September 2021 and is paid entry, with artists receiving a percentage of the entrance fees.
On 21st April I’m running a new online session as part of the Beginning Cataloguing seminar programme, which will be focussed on how libraries and heritage organisations make use of technology to share and re-work their collections and resources in creative and engaging new ways. I’ll be sharing a variety of inspirational examples from organisations, along with how online mapping and narrative tools can provide visitors with a new digital discovery route into your collections.
Contributors aged 18 and over are welcome to submit visual or audio art and creative works to the LGBTQ+ Positive Voices exhibition. Contributions from amateur, hobby, DIY artists, crafters and creatives, those who do not consider themselves to be artists or creatives, and those who have never submitted to an exhibition before are especially welcome.
It’s partly inspired by my experience of visiting LGBTQ+ exhibitions, and engaging with collection items and art works that helped me gain a better understanding of myself by seeing others like me represented in them. At the same time, some of the personal stories shared alongside exhibition items made me feel as if I had a positive future as a trans/gender non-conforming bisexual person. I want this exhibition to be a space that will allow other people to share and experience creative works that are a positive reflection of being an LGBTQ+ person.
The call for submissions will remain open until 31st May 2021, with the online exhibition opening mid-June 2021. For more information and to contribute visit: http://ashgreen.uk/lgbtq-exhibition/
I’m currently organising an online exhibition as a follow up to the Create Place programme. The intention is to use the space to share creative positive stories and experiences of LGBTQ+ people.
The idea was sparked by the reassuring narratives I encountered when I attended exhibitions such as the Museum of Transology and Transworkers Photographic Exhibition. At a time when I wasn’t sure what lay ahead of me when I was coming out, there were stories in exhibitions like these that made me feel hopeful that I would have a positive future.
In the exhibition I’m organising I want to give every LGBTQ+ person an opportunity to tell part of their positive story. I want everyone in the community to feel they can submit something creative or artistic, whether they’re a professional, amateur, hobbyist, DIY or bedroom maker. And when I say creative or artistic, that could include anything (as long as part of it can be shared in a digital format) – including but not only painting, drawing, writing, music, video, games, digital stories, interactive pieces, crafts and textile arts, performance. The key thing is it just needs to be creative and share positive experiences of being an LGBTQ+ person.
Even though this is starting out as an online exhibition, in the long term I also want to be able to share these experiences in a physical exhibition as well.
I’m discussing the ideas behind this project in a Voluntary Arts Creative Network session on 17th Feb (5-6pm), which is open to everyone. During the session I’m also looking for input into how I can develop this project as a safe online space for LGBTQ+ people to share and discover these positive stories.
If this sounds like your sort of thing I look forward to seeing you on the 17th.
And keep an eye on this blog for updates and calls for submissions.